The prices of prominent cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin and Binance Coin, experienced a decline subsequent to the emergence of reports indicating that Changpeng Zhao, the founder and CEO of Binance, admitted guilt in relation to charges of anti-money laundering and several other criminal violations.
This admission was made as part of a substantial settlement, amounting to billions of dollars, reached between Zhao and regulatory authorities in the United States.
Binance Coin had a decline of almost 6% following an earlier increase of up to 5% during the day. This fluctuation in value was driven by investors who were optimistic about the resolution of the ongoing multiyear investigation involving the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.
In the aftermath of the market downturn, investors holding long positions on BNB experienced widespread liquidation. At the time of writing, BNB long liquidations approached $3 million within the hour following the disclosure of the Binance developments.
The impact of the action had a significant influence on the remaining cryptocurrency market. The leading digital currency, Bitcoin (BTC), experienced a decrease of 1.55%, remaining slightly below the $37,000 mark. In a similar vein, Ethereum (ETH) observed a decline of around 2%, with its value reaching $1,993.
Additional cryptocurrencies, like Ripple (XRP), experienced a decline of 3.2%. Similarly, Solana witnessed a decrease of almost 4%, while Polygon and Uniswap recorded losses of 7.6% and 3.6%, respectively.
Zhao is currently confronting charges of violating criminal anti-money laundering laws, a charge he acknowledged responsibility for after resigning.
Today, I stepped down as CEO of Binance. Admittedly, it was not easy to let go emotionally. But I know it is the right thing to do. I made mistakes, and I must take responsibility. This is best for our community, for Binance, and for myself.
Binance is no longer a baby. It is…
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) November 21, 2023
In addition, Binance has agreed to a $4.3 billion settlement with the US authorities, which is among the biggest, if not the most significant, resolutions in the history of the cryptocurrency market.
The most recent FOMC minutes also appear to have compelled investors to trade cautiously in light of the continued market concerns, which is why cryptocurrency prices were down today.
Notably, the drops in the prices of the majority of the main cryptocurrencies suggested that investor opinion may be changing.
Market cap of cryptocurrencies at $1.35 trillion. Chart: TradingView.com
Meanwhile, notwithstanding the early declines in price, some observers of the sector think that the Binance scenario may serve to further spark the recent surge in cryptocurrency prices.
According to Jeff Embry, the managing partner of Globe 3 Capital, a crypto hedge fund, the reported settlement involving Binance holds significant importance in the context of addressing the consequences and rectifying the negative effects of the bear market.
“Bear markets wash out many of the bad businesses, business practices, inefficiencies and bad actors,” he said.
Fineqia Research Analyst Matteo Greco said the crypto industry will benefit in the long run from Changpeng Zhao’s resignation and Binance agreeing to pay a fine of $4 billion or more.
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