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Monero Faces a Steep Decline Amid Binance Delisting

Monero Faces a Steep Decline Amid Binance Delisting

In a significant development that has had a ripple effect on the cryptocurrency market, Monero (XMR), the leading digital currency focused on privacy, has experienced a sharp decline, reaching its lowest point in five months. This decline follows the recent announcement by Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, that it will delist Monero along with other tokens such as Aragon (ANT), Multichain (MULTI), and Vai (VAI) on February 20, 2024. As a result of the delisting, all trading pairs involving Monero, including those with Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Tether (USDT), and Binance’s native coin (BNB), will be removed, and any pending trade orders will be automatically cancelled. Binance has stated that their decision is motivated by the goal of fostering a “healthy and sustainable crypto ecosystem” and concerns regarding “unethical or fraudulent conduct.”

Following the announcement, the price of Monero plummeted nearly 19% within a few hours, resulting in a significant loss in value and reaching lows not seen since mid-September 2023. Although there has been a slight recovery, with XMR trading around $140.30 at the time of writing, the future remains uncertain. Binance’s decision to delist Monero is part of a broader trend, as other exchanges like OKX have also delisted privacy-focused cryptocurrencies, including Monero and Zcash (ZEC), earlier this year. This delisting is occurring amidst ongoing regulatory pressure, which is exemplified by Binance’s ongoing challenges with global regulators and the recent guilty plea of its former CEO, Changpeng Zhao, to charges related to Anti-Money Laundering and sanctions laws.

This development raises several questions about the future of privacy coins and the impact of regulatory pressures on the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem. It also highlights the challenge that exchanges face in striking a balance between offering a wide range of assets and complying with regulatory requirements.


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