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New York banks can now list and custody Binance Stablecoin, Binance USD, (BUSD) after the recent approval by the New York Financial Department of Financial Services, NYDFS.
The NYDFS updated its greenlight list to include Binance USD meaning that banks can go ahead and use the asset without requiring any further approval from the regulatory watchdog, apart from a heads up notification.
According to Finance’s compliance offer, licensed financial institutions can move in on BUSD as soon as they’d like.
“If tomorrow, JP Morgan decides to use BUSD, they can and do so immediately.”
Binance stated NYDFS approved Binance USD during its launch in September 2019, but further approval was required for exchanges before they could list the Stablecoin.
Binance USD in Partnership with PAXOS
Binance partnered with New York-based Paxos Trust Company to launch Binance USD Stablecoin. Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao stated:
“We hope to unlock more financial services for the greater blockchain ecosystem through the issuance of BUSD, including more use cases and utility through the power of digital assets”
The Stablecoin enables users to purchase digital dollars at zero buying and redeeming fees, and use it to transfer money through decentralized technology fast and at extremely low costs.
The NYDFS licensed PAXOS in 2018 to issue stable coins as the first regulated Trust company with blockchain expertise to mobilize and custody digital assets. The company has rolled out several stablecoin including its own Paxos, and the Gemini dollar for Gemini’s crypto brokerage firm. Other crypto assets green lighted by NYDFS are Bitcoin, Ether and Litecoin.
With the greenlighting of BUSD, Binance has made a milestone in expanding the reach of one of its products in the US, and especially in one of the toughest regulatory spots for crypto related products in the country. Binance native coin, BNB is yet to make it to NYDFS’ greenlight list and its Binance US exchange services are still unavailable in New York.
BUSD hit $1 Billion Market Cap in Mid 2020
New York Users can easily purchase BUSD on Paxos and on Binance US outside of the US at a 1:1 ratio to the US dollar. Outside of the US BUSD is available for purchase on Binance exchange via wire transfer, Binance cash wallet or other multiple currencies available for trading on the exchange.
In March 2020, PAXOS reported that Binance USD has surpassed a market cap of $115 million, a 400% increase from $22 million, making it the most traded Stablecoin on its platform.
Binance also reported in July that Binance USD had hit a purchase volume of $1 billion, in less than 265 days since its launch.