As the crypto industry continues to dominate, financial regulators fear criminals will turn to the industry for their illicit activities. This year 2021, has been hot for the crypto industry in terms of regulation. Many financial watchdogs in the USA and other countries pushed harder to regulate the sector.
Some top exchanges, including Binance, saw a lot of pressure from several bodies, especially on many of their products.
The reason was that many of these exchanges could serve as a means of money laundering given the anonymity of the transactions. As a result, some countries keep limiting the operations of crypto exchanges in their markets.
Binance has seen a lot of pressure from regulators all over the world. Some countries and apex financial bodies such as the Dutch Central Bank have accused the exchange of non-compliance with financial laws against terrorism.
Australia Bans Crypto Futures Trading
Amid the pressure on the largest crypto exchange, the Australian government has banned them from offering their crypto futures and options in their market. So now, traders will no longer access such products from Binance.
The government even warned all their citizens and residents who have invested in futures, options & leveraged tokens to close their position within 90 days. Binance announced this instruction on September 20, 2021.
Based on the available information, all Australian users will not invest in these products starting from Friday, September 24. But they can increase their margin balances against liquidation & margin calls. But from December 24, 2021, all manners of transactions on derivatives will close down.
In response to this restriction, Binance’s representative stated that they aim to ensure compliance and acceptance for all their products.
As such, they usually monitor the regulatory requirements of the localities wherein they operate. But with the recent development, the company will also try to protect the interests of the users.
Restrictions On Binance Keep Growing
Apart from the recent restrictions in Australia, other countries have been limiting the operations of Binance in their markets. In addition, many global regulators have also been issuing warnings to the exchange.
For instance, last month, the exchange stopped offering its derivative trading services in Brazil. Before that, the Hong Kong government also suspended its operations.
Binance also halted its crypto derivatives trading in many other countries, such as Netherlands, Germany, and Italy. According to the exchange, it has decided to stop those services in European countries.