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Binance & FTX – Will one meet the other’s fate?

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Experts disagreed with concerns about Binance’s insolvency risks as data from the exchange’s reserves narrated a different story.

Binance & FTX - Will one meet the other's fate?

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  • Binance’s Bitcoin reserves increased by 14% since the FTX collapse.
  • Binance’s clean reserve ratio was over 94% at the time of publication.

The world’s largest crypto exchange Binance [BNB] has been on the receiving end of unrelenting regulatory pushbacks in 2023. The latest revelation that the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) was contemplating filing fraud charges against the crypto behemoth added further anxiety among market participants.


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Fears of an FTX-style bank run in November 2022 was the factor cited by law enforcement bodies as preventing them from proceeding in the matter. But is Binance’s balance sheet as shaky as the now collapsed FTX?

Analyzing Binance’s exchange reserves

Ki Young Ju, CEO of on-chain analytics firm CryptoQuant, appeared to disagree with concerns of Binance’s insolvency risks. He cited its exchange reserves data to back up his claim.

Evidently, Binance’s Bitcoin [BTC] reserves, or put differently the exchange’s BTC liabilities, revealed a steady growth, sans any inorganic spikes or drops. Infact, the reserves increased by 14% since the FTX collapse. At the time of writing, the deposits were nearly 563,966.

In contrast, FTX witnessed inorganic movement of assets in and out of the exchange wallets leading to the collapse, indicative of serious liquidity concerns.

Source: CryptoQuant

A similar contrasting picture came to light when the deposits of the second-largest crypto asset, Ethereum [ETH], were analyzed. At the time of writing, roughly 4.07 million ETH were held on Binance. While down 17% since the FTX collapse, the dip was more due to investors’ HODLing tendencies rather than evidence of misappropriation.

When compared with FTX’s trajectory, there were dramatic ups and downs in ETH’s deposits on the exchange, with a massive 77% decline in a span of five days before the bankruptcy.

Source: CryptoQuant

Binance appeared ‘clean’

Another important indicator frequently used to assess the financial health of crypto exchanges is the “Clean Reserve” metric. This metric represents the % of the total reserves that are not represented by the exchange’s own token. The closer to 100%, the better.


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Binance’s clean reserve ratio was over 94% at the time of publication, as per CryptoQuant, with BNB accounting for the rest. This served as further evidence to prove that Binance’s current situation didn’t warrant panicking.

Source: CryptoQuant

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Aniket Verma works as a journalist at AMBCrypto. Contrary to most who are primarily interested in merely tracking price movements of cryptos, his focus is on examining the niche intersection between cryptocurrencies and traditional finance. A so-so Bitcoin maximalist, Aniket has a strong disdain for memecoins and the unfounded frenzy they seem to generate every market season. Coming from a strong engineering background, Aniket previously worked as a Content Manager for TV9 Network. Before his stint over there, he was an Associate Multimedia News Producer at Reuters.
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