Binance Reserves Lose $2.3 Billion After BUSD Debacle

• The SEC issued a notice to Binance USD issuer Paxos on Feb. 13, causing investors to withdraw around $2.3 billion from Binance’s reserves.
• Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao responded to the SEC warning, saying that Paxos will continue to service and manage redemptions.
• Paxos announced that it would stop further BUSD minting starting from Feb. 21, 2023 and the BNB token responded by losing over 9% of its value.

SEC Issues Warning To BUSD Issuer Paxos

On February 13th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a notice to Binance USD issuer Paxos, requesting them to stop further BUSD minting. In response, investors withdrew around $2.3 billion worth of BUSD tokens from their reserves held in Binance – resulting in a 16% decrease in holdings between February 13th-17th which fell down to 12.1 billion tokens.

CZ Responds To SEC Notice

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao (CZ) responded quickly with an assurance that “Paxos will continue to service the product and manage redemptions” despite the SEC’s intervention..

Paxos Halts Further Minting of BUSD

Despite CZ’s assurances, on the same day as the SEC warning was issued, Paxos announced that they would be halting further production of BUSD effective February 21st 2023 – leading to panic amongst traders and causing the prices of the associated token (BNB) to drop by 9%.

Impact On Reserve Holdings

The incident has had a lasting impact on reserve holdings – with almost 2/3rds being wiped out due to investor withdrawals stemming from uncertainty surrounding future minting of tokens. This is likely attributed not just due to regulatory pressure but also because many investors feared potential legal repercussions for holding or trading cryptocurrencies given their unregulated nature worldwide.


Although this news is certainly concerning for those invested in cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies alike, it is important for people investing in these markets understand the importance of regulatory compliance – especially when it comes dealing with larger sums of money or risky investments such as digital assets like Bitcoin or Ethereum . As long as one remains compliant with applicable laws and regulations then there should be no cause for alarm when it comes trading cryptocurrencies or other digital assets