What Happened on Feb. 13th | $BUSD Halts New Issuance and Paxos to End Relationship with Binance for the Stablecoin

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Regulatory pressure intensifying, the New York Department of Financial Services has told Paxos Trust Co., the company behind Binance's dollar-pegged cryptocurrency, $BUSD, to stop issuing any more of the token. This move by the regulators is part of a growing government crackdown on the cryptocurrency sector.

Paxos announced that it will end its relationship with Binance for the branded stablecoin $BUSD. The decision was made in close coordination with the New York Department of Financial Services and Paxos Trust, a regulated institution, will continue to manage the $BUSD dollar reserves.

All $BUSD tokens are fully backed by US dollar-denominated reserves and are redeemable for onboarded customers until at least February 2024. Paxos will also allow customers to redeem their funds in US dollars or convert their $BUSD tokens to Pax Dollar ($USDP), another regulated US dollar-backed stablecoin. This move does not impact Paxos' ability to continue serving its customers or achieve its long-term business goals.

After the news came out, the market experienced widespread panic, and the major crypto asset price dropped.

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SEC to Sue Paxos for Listing $BUSD: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to sue Paxos, alleging that $BUSD issued by it is an unregistered security.

New York Department of Financial Services asked Paxos to stop issuing $BUSD: $BUSD is fully backed by liquid assets and has published monthly reserve reports. While this is bad news for the industry, it shouldn’t cause FUD on $BUSD itself. CZ tweeted that Binance will continue to support $BUSD for the foreseeable future, and will make product adjustments accordingly. eg, move away from using $BUSD as the main pair for trading, etc.

EU Banks Required to Assign Maximum Risk to Crypto: The European Parliament has released a draft law that would require EU banks to place the maximum possible risk weight on crypto assets. This could significantly impact the traditional financial sector's involvement with digital assets.

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