“Fake news” — that’s how Binance responded to reports that the cryptocurrency exchange giant is preparing to add USD trading pairs to its online trading platform.
The Hong Kong-based exchange, which is currently in the process of moving its operations to Malta, said Thursday that while it is holding discussions with banks in the hopes of adding fiat-to-cryptocurrency trading pairs in the future, it has “no plans” to support USD in the short-term. Nor, when it does offer fiat pairs, will verge (XVG) or ripple (XRP) receive preferential treatment.
While we can't predict the future, others keep attempting it on us. Both "news" are not accurate. We are working with banks (to potentially support fiat), but no plans for USD in the short term. No xvg or xpr involved. Be careful around predictive "crystal ball" news.
— CZ (@cz_binance) April 20, 2018
That statement, straight from the Twitter account of Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, contradicted baseless reports from several industry media outlets that claimed the exchange had announced that it was adding XRP/USD and XVG/USD trading pairs to its platform.
Part of the confusion may also stem from the fact that Binance has gradually been rolling out USDT trading pairs for altcoins that are listed on its platform. Better known as ‘tether‘ and created by a company of the same name, USDT is a cryptocurrency token that is supposedly backed by physical dollars at a 1:1 ratio. However, USDT holders cannot withdraw dollars directly to their bank accounts, nor can they deposit actual USD at Binance.
Binance currently ranks as the world’s highest-volume cryptocurrency exchange, with daily volume in excess of $2.1 billion. Consequently, getting listed on Binance increases a coin’s liquidity and generally leads to positive price movements — at least in the short-term.
Becoming one of the few coins to trade directly against fiat currency pairs has an even more profound effect on a cryptocurrency’s price, as it allows the coin to decouple from bitcoin and ethereum and trade in an isolated market.
It’s impossible to know the justification behind spreading these false rumors, though it would not be surprising if at least some of the perpetrators did so to artificially inflate the verge and ripple prices so that they could turn a quick profit.
Featured Image from Pixabay