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Binance has Now Burned Approx. $1B Worth of BNB in 2021

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Binance has Now Burned Approx. $1B Worth of BNB in 2021
  • Binance recently carried out its 16th BNB coin burn worth $393,673,653
  • This was the second coin burn of 2021 with the 15th coin burn (Q1) being worth $595,314,380
  • The two coin burns add up to a total of roughly $1 Billion of BNB destroyed
  • The reduction in supply is bullish for the long term value of BNB
  • However, short-term, Binance Coin faces a bearish market environment and uncertainty due to several global regulators cracking down on the exchange’s activities

Earlier this week, the crypto exchange of Binance announced its 16th BNB coin burn worth roughly $393,673,653.

According to the official announcement, the exchange destroyed 1,296,728 BNB as the exchange strives to keep true to the project’s goal of halving the total supply of Binance Coin from the original 200 million BNB, to 100 million BNB.

Binance Has Destroyed Approximately $1B Worth of BNB this Year

The 16th BNB coin burn is the second one this year with the last one, the 15th BNB coin burn of Q1, resulting in the destruction of $595,314,380 worth of Binance Coin. The two coin burns of 2021 have thus destroyed $988,988,033 worth of Binance Coin or roughly $1 Billion.

BNB Coin Burns are Bullish for the Long Term Value of Binance Coin

As with most coin/token burns in the crypto-verse, the quarterly reduction in BNB’s circulating supply is bullish for the long-term value of Binance Coin. This fact was highlighted by the team at Weiss Crypto Ratings through the following tweet.

Binance has burned over $1.1bn worth of BNB this year. This is a bullish event (it reduces supply), but it wasn’t priced in, nor did the price react afterward.

This could be a sign of mistrust in Binance, or perhaps BNB is simply being a victim of the general crypto mood.

BNB’s Value is Being Affected by Regulatory Pressure and a Bearish Chart

Further reiterating the comments by the team at Weiss, the price of Binance Coin (BNB) should have reacted to the most recent 16th coin burn. However, the price of BNB is currently being affected by the regulatory pressure by the various global jurisdictions.

At the time of writing, the following jurisdictions have either issued a warning to Binance; clarified it does not have authority to operate in the stated country; or ceased to support fiat deposits to the platform.

  • Hong Kong
  • Italy
  • UK
  • Germany
  • Thailand
  • Cayman Islands
  • Singapore

Secondly, Binance Coin (BNB) is in bearish territory as highlighted in the following daily chart.

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From the chart above, the following can be observed:

  • Binance Coin is set to experience a death cross before the month of August
  • Binance Coin is in bear territory, trading below the 200-day moving average
  • Daily trade volume is in the red
  • The daily MACD, RSI and MFI all point towards an ongoing pullback
  • Binance Coin could find some support around the June 22nd low of $225

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Binance Reduces Daily Withdrawals for Unverified Accounts to 0.06 BTC

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Binance Reduces Daily Withdrawals for Unverified Accounts to 0.06 BTC
  • Binance has reduced daily withdrawal limits for unverified accounts from 2 BTC to 0.06 BTC
  • Binance has also reduced leverage on new futures accounts to 20x
  • There is also a new tax reporting tool on Binance for users who are obligated to report their capital gains
  • The exchange has implemented the new changes as it works towards complying with regulators globally

The popular crypto exchange of Binance has lowered the daily withdrawal limits for accounts that are not fully verified, from 2 BTC to 0.06 BTC.

The team at the exchange made the announcement of the new changes earlier today further explaining that they will take effect immediately for new accounts, and be implemented gradually for existing ones.

Existing users who have not verified their accounts will see their daily withdrawal limits adjusted to 0.06 BTC starting ‘ from 2021-08-04 00:00 AM (UTC) and completed by 2021-08-23 00:00 AM (UTC).’ Furthermore, verification was encouraged by the team at Binance for it would increase the daily withdrawal limits to 100 Bitcoin.

Leverage on Binance Futures Reduced to 20x For New Users

Hours ago, the exchange had also announced new limits on the amount of leverage available for new futures accounts. According to the official announcement, futures accounts that are less than 60 days old will have a maximum leverage limit of 20x.

Existing accounts that fall under this category will see their leverage reduce effective immediately. Existing trading positions will maintain their leverage until closed after which leverage will drop to 20x.

The leverage limits for new accounts will begin to increase gradually after 60 days.

Binance Introduces a New Tax Reporting Tool

Also today, Binance announced the launch of a new tax reporting tool that will assist traders in declaring capital gains or losses to their respective regulatory bodies. The new tax reporting tool is available via the ‘Account > API Management‘ feature on both the Binance website and mobile application.

Binance Implements Changes to Adhere to Various Regulatory Bodies

The aforementioned changes at Binance come in the wake of the exchange being pressured by various global regulatory bodies, to abide by existing rules in the various jurisdictions. Chances are, that Binance will continue to add new changes and policies in the days to follow.

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Ethereum 2.0 Now Has Over 200k Validators, 6.42M ETH Staked

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Ethereum 2.0 Now Has Over 200k Validators, 6.42M ETH Staked
  • The Ethereum 2.0 network now has over 200k validators
  • The Ethereum 2.0 deposit contract now has 6.42 million ETH staked worth $14.857 Billion
  • Kraken is the largest single depositor with 12.5% of all ETH in the contract
  • Ethereum is back to trading above the 200-day moving average and could keep pushing higher with the London Upgrade on the 4th of August

The Ethereum 2.0 network how has over 200k validators. The chart below courtesy of CryptoQuant further illustrates the increment of validators on the Ethereum 2.0 network since December 2020.

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Over 6.42 Million ETH is Currently Staked on the Ethereum 2.0 Deposit Contract

Furthermore, deposits to the Ethereum 2.0 contract continue to increase as the switch to a Proof-of-Stake algorithm, progresses on the network.

According to Etherescan, there is a total of 6,420,866 Ethereum on the ETH 2.0 deposit contract worth $14.857 Billion. The growth of deposits to the ETH 2.0 contract has been visualized through the following chart courtesy of CryptoQuant.com.

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Kraken Is the Single Largest Depositor of ETH to the Ethereum 2.0 Contract

In a similar analysis of the amount of Ethereum validators and deposits to the ETH2.0 contract, the team at Weiss Crypto Ratings pointed out that Kraken is the single largest depositor of ETH as explained in the following statement.

The largest depositor by far is Kraken which stakes 12.5% of all ETH. In fact, exchanges have deposited 24.9%, staking pools 21.8%, and whales 10.1% of all ETH into ETH2.

Ethereum Reclaims the 200-day Moving Average as Support

With respect to price action, Ethereum has benefited positively from Bitcoin’s impressive push to the $40.5k price ceiling earlier this week. The push to $40.5k by Bitcoin resulted in Ethereum hitting a local peak value of $2,433 and thus managing to recapture the crucial 200-day moving average as support.

Ethereum’s impressive rebound in the crypto market has been highlighted in the following ETH/USDT chart.

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At the time of writing, Ethereum is trading at the $2,300 price area with its bullish climb most likely to continue due to the following observations from its daily chart.

  • Ethereum is in bullish territory, trading above the 50-day moving average and the 200-day moving average
  • Trade volume is in the green for the last week
  • The daily MACD, MFI and RSI are yet to show exhaustion as investors anticipate the London Upgrade on the 4th of August
  • The 100-day moving average (yellow) provides an area of resistance around the $2,500 price area

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Zilliqa-Ethereum Bridge To Be Launched After ETH’s London Hard Fork

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Zilliqa-Ethereum Bridge To Be Launched After ETH’s London Hard Fork
  • Zilliqa’s bridge to Ethereum will wait for the successful launch of ETH’s London hard fork before going live
  • This is because the London hard fork changes Ethereum’s fee structure
  • Once implemented, the team at Zilliqa will observe the London hard fork before upgrading the Zilliqa mainnet to support the bridge
  • ZIL/USDT has escaped from the jaws of a descending triangle but still remains in bearish territory below the 50-day, 100-day and 200-day moving averages

The highly anticipated bridge between the Zilliqa network and Ethereum will go live after the successful launch of ETH’s London hard fork. This is according to the President at Zilliqa, Amrit Kummer who announced this fact through the following Tweet.

PSA: The $ZIL$ETH bridge unfortunately cannot go live before the Ethereum London hardfork currently scheduled to be around Aug 4, 2021.

— Amrit Kummer (@maqstik) July 25, 2021

The London Hard Fork Changes Ethereum’s Fee Structure

Mr. Kummer went on to explain that the delay till after the London hard fork, was due to the fact that the upgrade changes the fee structure on the Ethereum network. Consequently, the team at Zilliqa will wait till the London upgrade is implemented then observe the Ethereum network, before upgrading the Zilliqa mainnet to support the bridge.

He went on to Tweet the following timeline and steps before the Zilliqa-Ethereum bridge can go live.

Next steps to $ETH$ZIL bridge:

1⃣ Ethereum London hardfork (around Aug 4, 2021)

2⃣ Observe London hardfork

3⃣ Upgrade Zilliqa mainnet to support bridge

4⃣ Bridge 🚀

— Amrit Kummer (@maqstik) July 25, 2021

Zilliqa Breaks Above a Descending Triangle but Remains in Bearish Territory

With respect to price action, Zilliqa is trading at $0.06734 after a brief two days below a bearish descending triangle that had formed since mid-May. However, Zilliqa remains in bearish territory as ZIL/USDT is still trading below the 50-day, 100-day and 200-day moving averages as highlighted in the following chart.

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Also from the chart above, it can be observed that ZIL’s trade volume has been in the green for the last five days. In addition, the daily MACD confirms the renewed buying interest with a bullish cross below the baseline. The daily MFI and RSI are in neutral territory at values of 43 and 45, thus hinting at a possible continuation of ZIL’s current trajectory to higher levels.

Consequently, the 50-day moving average becomes a potential resistance zone at the $0.80 price area. If a pullback occurs during the weekly close, Zilliqa could find support at $0.059 which happens to be the base of the earlier identified descending triangle.

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