Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has seen a substantial drop in its Bitcoin trading volume this month, experiencing a 48% decline. This decline coincides with the reintroduction of fees for its most heavily traded BTC trading pairs.
Dessislava Ianeva, a research analyst at Kaiko, highlighted this significant decrease in a post on X (formerly Twitter). She noted that this is the second-largest monthly drop since April and emphasized that both declines occurred when Binance removed zero fees for its largest BTC trading pairs.
The previous instance of such a decline happened in April, when Binance canceled trading incentives associated with its stablecoin, Binance USD (BUSD), due to regulatory challenges.
During that time, the exchange’s trading volume plummeted by nearly 70% in the second quarter as users left the platform.
A similar situation unfolded this month when Binance removed zero-trading fee incentives for its TrueUSD (TUSD) and BTC trading pairs. This led many traders to migrate to other cryptocurrency trading platforms.
Binance’s struggles extend beyond trading fees. The exchange has encountered increased regulatory challenges in various jurisdictions, including the United States and Europe, which have negatively impacted its market share.
In the United States, Binance has faced legal actions from financial regulators such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) due to its failure to comply with local laws.
There are also reports of the exchange and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao, being under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
In Europe, Binance voluntarily withdrew its license applications in some countries, like Germany, and faced outright denials in others.
Furthermore, Binance has witnessed the departure of several top executives recently, including Binance U.S. CEO Brian Shroder, General Counsel Han Ng, Chief Strategy Officer Patrick Hillmann, and SVP for Compliance Steven Christie, among others.