The Fallout from the Binance – SEC Lawsuit
The total number of cryptocurrencies defined as securities by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has now risen to 61, as the regulatory body has filed its latest lawsuit against Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume.
SEC’s Classification of Securities
In the latest lawsuit filed yesterday, the SEC has charged Binance for allegedly violating securities laws. It has included 10 cryptocurrencies in its classification of securities, namely:
- Binance Coin [BNB]
- Binance USD [BUSD]
- Solana [SOL]
- Cardano [ADA]
- Polygon [MATIC]
- Cosmos [ATOM]
- The Sandbox [SAND]
- Decentraland [MANA]
- Axie Infinity [AXS]
- Coti [COTI]
The total market capitalization of the crypto market also fell 3.5% to $1.09 billion within a day.
This is a significant development for the crypto industry, as the SEC’s decision to name a specific token as a security can make brokers reluctant to offer it, which can impair its liquidity and price.
According to Coinglass’ data, traders suffered over $297 million in losses over the past 24 hours. Binance witnessed the largest liquidation of funds during the period, i.e. $97.45 million.
Will SEC’s Action Lead to Regulatory Clarity?
It must be noted that the SEC is battling another regulatory agency, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), over whether the assets are securities, as the SEC claims, or commodities, which would fall under CFTC’s control.
SEC Chair Gary Gensler has declared on multiple occasions that he believes almost every cryptocurrency is a security, except for Bitcoin [BTC]. In an interview with the Intelligencer magazine, he said that these tokens:
“Are securities because there’s a group in the middle and the public is anticipating profits based on that group.”