Binance [BNB] breathed a sigh of relief earlier this week when the U.S. District Judge rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) request for an inspection of Binance documents. Notably, the world’s largest crypto exchange has been plagued by negative news.
It emerged last week that Binance’s U.S. CEO Brian Shroder resigned as the exchange was laying off one-third of its workforce.
The exchange is battling the regulators not only in the U.S. but in other countries too.
In Nigeria, a leading trade association urged the national government to ban the activities of Binance. Meanwhile, the exchange secured a license to operate in El Salvador. Binance is the first fully licensed crypto exchange in the country.
Binance is under regulatory scrutiny across several countries in Europe also.
Germany’s financial regulator rejected Binance’s request for a crypto custody license. The exchange withdrew its request for regulatory approval in Austria. It also gave up its registration with regulatory bodies in the United Kingdom and Cyprus.
The exchange opted to quit the Netherlands after failing to register there. Belgium also ordered the exchange to suspend its operations in the country. The French authorities are also reportedly investigating the exchange on “aggravated money laundering” charges.
It all began when the U.S. SEC sued the exchange in early June for allegedly violating federal securities laws.
TradingView shows a surge in aggregated sell orders of about 125,000 BNB worth $37 million just before the U.S. SEC’s crackdown on the exchange. Speculations are rife around a possible case of insider trading.
In another development, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) was reportedly contemplating the possibility of bringing fraud charges against cryptocurrency exchange Binance.
Officials at the DoJ are concerned, Binance could trigger a situation similar to what FTX experienced in 2022. As a result, they were exploring alternatives such as imposing fines or establishing non-prosecution agreements with Binance, aiming to mitigate potential harm to consumers.
In March, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a lawsuit accusing the exchange and its founder Changpeng Zhao “CZ” of violating local compliance rules to expand its business. The exchange decided to seek dismissal of CFTC’s complaint.
Earlier, BNB’s price rose barely 7% after Ripple [XRP] secured a partial victory in its legal battle with the SEC in mid-July. But it hasn’t led to a significant price rally.
The U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York ruled in its judgement that the sale of Ripple’s XRP tokens on crypto exchanges and though programmatic sales did not constitute investment contracts; hence, it is not a security in this case. But the court also ruled that the institutional sale of the XRP tokens violated federal securities laws.
The crypto industry lapped up the judgement instantly, generating a price rally across tokens for some time.
The future course for Binance and its native token is shrouded in uncertainty. And, most of the investors and analysts in the space would be busy understanding the dynamics of making informed decisions going forward. We, at AMB Crypto, tried to get some help from an unlikely ally, ChatGPT.
ChatGPT — the AI sensation
Ever since it burst onto the scene, ChatGPT has become a rage, revolutionizing the way humans interact with AI. People have flooded the AI-powered chatbot with a plethora of use cases to get assistance with literally anything. Right from finding a bug in a code, asking philosophical questions about life, getting dating advice, and even writing full-fledged media articles (not this one though).
Put simply, it functions like a conventional chatbot that we have encountered in the customer support section of different e-commerce companies. However, the big difference here is that communication is more conversational, or to put it differently, more human-like.
Well, this is because it is trained using reinforcement learning from human feedback (RLHF). This helps it understand instructions and generate nuanced responses.
But crypto? Binance? Are we stretching the limits of ChatGPT? Let’s see.
Will Binance move out of the U.S. market?
Binance is not new to compliance-related issues in the U.S. In 2019, it ceased operating in the country and launched a separate exchange, Binance.US, its American arm.
The platform’s structure is quite similar to the fallen FTX [FTT] in the sense that a major part of its administration is being controlled from outside the U.S. Hence, it has always been under the radar of the regulators.
We started to test our AI friend by posing this very sweeping, although controversial, question. Currently, the ability of ChatGPT to express itself is hindered due to the restrictions imposed by the creators. To make it speak its mind, we used the “jailbreak” hack.
ChatGPT speculated that Binace might consider adjusting its operational strategies in the face of a regulatory storm in the U.S. However, the final outcome is shrouded in uncertainty.
On a growing number of hacks on BNB Chain, ChatGPT says…
Apart from regulatory concerns, the ecosystem’s blockchain, BNB Chain, has gained notoriety over the rising number of decentralized finance (DeFi) hacks of late. As per a report by ImmuneFi, a Web3 bug bounty platform, BNB Chain was the most targeted chain in Q1 2023 with 33 incidents of hacks and exploits.
Here again, we turn to our AI partner to know if hacks will be the undoing of Binance. This time, it seemed as if it was ready to respond to this question promptly.
ChatGPT said hacks were ‘definitely a cause for concern’ and advised the developers to prioritize the issue. Otherwise, it may have a damaging effect not just on the adoption of the BNB Chain, but on the value of the BNB coin as well.
Well, ChatGPT asks readers to take its word of caution seriously. To address the security loopholes, BNB Chain soon announced a hard fork which is scheduled to go live on 12 April.
Another thing that caught our attention was the use of BSC rather than BNB in the latest response. Now, it’s a known fact that Binance Chain and Binance Smart Chain are now collectively referred to as one entity—BNB Chain. The update took place in February 2022. However, ChatGPT continued to use BSC Chain.
This, because its knowledge cutoff date is September 2021, meaning that it will base its answers on the information available until this date only.
Will Binance Coin survive the regulatory storm?
At press time, BNB was the fourth-largest cryptocurrency in the sector, with a market cap of more than $32.7 billion, as per CoinMarketCap. This caused significant fluctuations in its value and could create ripples in the broader crypto market.
BNB commenced a bullish cycle at the start of 2023, something that has helped it in gaining 27% on a year-to-date (YTD) basis. However, recent hiccups have applied brakes to its momentum.
Although setting unrealistic expectations amidst this FUD is not the most sensible thing to do, we tried to put ChatGPT under a bit of pressure. We asked it what price BNB will hit towards the end of 2023, given the current state of uncertainty. The AI bot predicts XRP’s price to hit $50-$100 towards the end of the year.
Enough of the AI praise! Needless to say, it isn’t practical to only depend on what an AI tool says in price predictions and markets. There is nothing like getting the insights of real-world experts.
Therefore, we got in touch with Marius Grigoras, Chief Executive Officer at BHero and a crypto-expert, to help us out with the same question that we asked ChatGPT. He stated,
Did you find similarities between human opinion and AI opinion?
A look at BNB’s daily price chart
BNB continues to bleed out since the U.S. SEC filed a lawsuit in early June. At press time, BNB was trading at $211.2. It fell nearly 2% over the last seven days.
This is obviously not a good time for the token. The coin tanked to $220 during the December 2022 FUD around Binance’s proof of reserves.
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While BNB’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) rested just below the neutral 50-mark, its Money Flow Index (MFI) rested much above it. Its On Balance Volume (OBV), however, registered a downtick.
While BNB’s on-chart metrics point towards a potential price rally in the short run, ChatGPT predicts BNB’s price to reach $50-$100. However, it’s critical to underline that these indicators fluctuate on a daily basis and might quickly take a wild swing.