Onchain Data Points to Billions in Outflows from Binance Following SEC Lawsuit, CEO CZ Responds

Onchain Data Points to Billions in Outflows from Binance Following SEC Lawsuit, CEO CZ Responds

UTC by Mercy Tukiya Mutanya · 3 min read
Onchain Data Points to Billions in Outflows from Binance Following SEC Lawsuit, CEO CZ Responds
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Following reports of increased outflows after news of the lawsuit broke, Binance CEO CZ argued that there was potential for on-chain data to be misinterpreted.

Crypto exchange Binance has experienced billions of dollars in outflows over the past week. This is according to on-chain data from various data analytics platforms. The exchange’s CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao has argued that such data can be misinterpreted and the situation may not be as dire as it appears.

Analytics Data Points to Large Outflows from Binance Following SEC Lawsuit

According to major blockchain analytics platforms, there has been an increase in exchange outflows from Binance over the seven days following the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) announcement that it was suing Binance, its US legal entity BAM Trading and Changpeng Zhao.

The lawsuit, filed in the District Court for the District of Columbia on June 5, alleges that the exchange violated US securities laws and subjected its American users to an unsafe trading environment due to a weak Know Your Customer (KYC) process.

Blockchain analytics firm Nansen reports that there has been an outflow of $2.36 billion from Binance with $123.7 million flowing from Binance.US over the past week. DefiLlama places the figure even higher, reporting $3.45 billion in outflows from Binance. Data from Glassnode shows that the exchange’s Bitcoin balance has taken a 5.7% hit over the same period, declining by $1 billion.

CZ Responds to News of Large Outflows

Following reports of increased outflows after news of the lawsuit broke, Binance CEO CZ argued that there was potential for on-chain data to be misinterpreted. In a Twitter thread on June 10, the CEO stated that some third-party analytics measure change in assets under management (AUM) as “outflow”, including in times when crypto prices dropped. He explained that crypto price drops decrease AUM and some platforms measure this as “outflow”. The exec added that some platforms only measure outflow and not inflow. He went on to state that large inflows and outflows were to be expected during periods of market volatility.

“Some even only measure outflow, not inflows. On a sharp price movement day like today, many arbitrage traders move a lot of funds between exchanges, usually exponentially more than on normal days,” added CZ.

A day after filing 13 charges against Binance and CZ, the SEC went on to charge major crypto exchange Coinbase for allegedly “operating as an unregistered securities exchange, broker and clearing agency”. According to CoinGecko data, the total crypto market capitalization has declined by 7% (over $80 billion) since news of the two lawsuits broke.

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