Binance sold USDC for BTC and ETH after Silvergate Bank collapse: PoR report - New Style Motorsport

Binance’s depleting USDC reserves has become a hot topic in the crypto ecosystem,

especially after Coinbase CEO’s quip during the company’s Q2 earning call.

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance released its latest proof-of-reserves (PoRs) on Aug.

1, offering transparency into its crypto reserves. However, the movement of its USD Coin USDCtickers down$1.00

reserves at the time of Silvergte’s collapse caught many people’s attention

and became a topic of discussion on X (formerly Twitter).

The latest reserve audit suggests Binance holds more than enough crypto and cash

to cover user funds. The ratio of Binance’s net balances to its customers’ net

balances is more than 100% for all its assets as shown in the snapshot below.

While the report presents a healthy financial situation for Binance, its USDC reserve movements post-

Silvergate collapse and the depeg of the stablecoin were the main topics of discussion.

The PoR shows that Binance’s USDC balance decreased from $3.4 billion on March 1 to $23.9 million by May 1.

Binance started converting customer’s USDC to Binance USD in September internally,

but at the time, it did hold a significant amount of USDC in its reserves as well.

On-chain data suggests that right after Silvergate collapsed on March 12, Binance started converting its USDC reserves into Bitcoin

BTCtickers down$29,273and Ether ETH$1,832.

Twitter on-chain analyst Aleksandar Djakovic noted that Binance purchased approximately 100,000

BTC and 550,000 ETH between March 12 and May 1, totaling around $3.5 billion,

the same amount as the surplus of USDC i had.

Binance didn’t respond to Cointelegraph’s requests for comments at the time of writing.

The revelation around Binance’s USDC reserves has become a hot topic, especially after Coinbase CEO

Brian Armstrong quipped during the company’s Q2 earnings call meeting that

Binance has sold USDC for another stablecoin.

PoRs have become a popular way for crypto exchanges to attest their holdings and share the same with

the public as a way of transparency after the collapse of the FTX crypto exchange.

Calls for more transparency grew in the crypto ecosystem after FTX became crippled

despite founders claiming its financial situation was well-balanced until its collapse in November 2022.

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