A new interview on the CNBC Crypto Trader show hosted by Ran Neuner emerged in the latest cryptocurrency news – where the CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao (CZ) said that the crypto market and Binance are still in a good position even after a year of downward price movement.
We all know that over the past 11 months, the crypto market lost more than 70% of its valuation amidst the fourth biggest correction in its 10-year history. According to Zhao, the volume of Binance is now down nearly 90% since January due to the major price correction and because of the high level of stability that Bitcoin has demonstrated over the past three months.
As he said:
“Compared to January [of 2018], we are probably down 90 percent. So we only have one-tenth of the trading volume compared to what we had in January. But, compared to like a year or two years ago, we’re still trading at huge volumes. Business is still okay, we are still profitable, and we are still a very healthy business.”
Binance is still recording decent volume and maintaining a healthy business – showing an increase in its number of active users and BTC deposits. Zhao continued, stating:
“Right now we are still signing up a steady amount of new users every day so from what we are seeing, it’s very healthy actually. The number of new users and the amount of crypto we hold are increasing very steadily. So if you look our cold wallets, the amount of BTC we hold, we have just seen an increase in people depositing Bitcoin to our exchange.”
Meanwhile, the cryptocurrency market cap seems to be getting hold of the over-the-counter (OTC) market where large institutional traders are playing. According to some stats from earlier this year, this market is at least two times larger than the cryptocurrency exchange market.
CZ also noted that the OTC market is estimated to be at least as large as the live recorded volumes of exchanges. As such, it is now twice the size of the current volume, having around $23.4 billion (despite the $11.7 billion daily trading volume of crypto) in circulation.
“What I’ve heard is the OTC market is at least as large as the live recorded volumes [on exchanges]. So that is at least 50 percent of volumes that is not being reported on CoinMarketCap. But we’re not heading to that business, so we don’t know the real volumes,” Zhao concluded.
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“I am personally surprised that regulators haven’t stepped in harder.”He was especially addressing the head of Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority Andrew Bailey who was sitting right next to him at the panel discussion. Bailey noted that Utermann’s opinions were ‘’quite strong’’ but he did agree that cryptocurrencies don’t have intrinsic value. Bailey made sure that the FCA is watching closely and that they have the initial coin offering sector under surveillance. Utermann’s stance doesn’t leave any room for negotiation but some of his colleagues at Allianz are more optimistic about the use of blockchain technology. The chief economist at Allianz Mohamed El-Erian said that he also doesn’t believe that cryptocurrency will ever be able to replace fiat money but they will become more widespread. He said:
“Cryptocurrencies will exist. They will become more and more widespread, but they will be part of an ecosystem. They will not be dominant, as some of the early adopters believed them to be.”El-Erian explained that crypto is not dead and the technology isn’t dead also. He is sure that we are about to see more widespread adoption by the private sector but also from the public one. El-Erian concluded that the last year’s frenzy was ‘’unwarranted’’.
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“A lot of our decisions have perhaps given off a perception that we’re more institutional-based. The reality of the situation is that we have a diverse customer base. And the retail story is just beginning.”The twins and Gemini founders also revealed their plans to expand to the Asian crypto market where they will face stiff competition from the thriving exchange industry that includes companies such as Bitfinex, Binance and Huobi.
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