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Binance Converts Its Billion-Dollar SAFU into USDC

Binance's SAFU, established in 2018 as an emergency insurance fund, helps protect users in extreme cases. The exchange has consistently monitored and maintained the fund, keeping it around $1 billion to ensure users' safety.

  • Binance announces the transfer of all Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU) assets into USDC, enhancing the fund's transparency and maintaining its value at $1 billion.
  • Questions arise about whether Binance's SAFU is now subject to U.S. government oversight due to its reliance on the USDC stablecoin.

The world’s largest crypto exchange Binance, announced on April 18 that it is moving all assets of the Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU) into USDC. The exchange noted that using a reliable, audited, and transparent stablecoin like USDC for SAFU will increase its trustworthiness and maintain its stability at $1 billion.

Binance's SAFU, established in 2018 as an emergency insurance fund, helps protect users in extreme cases. The exchange has consistently monitored and maintained the fund, keeping it around $1 billion to ensure users' safety. 

“SAFU continues to be a core part of our responsibility to the ecosystem, and we continue to evolve to meet market conditions head-on,” read Binance’s announcement.

While the entire industry is in a curious state wondering why the crypto exchange has pulled such a surprising move, crypto media outlet Cointelegraph has posed a thought-provoking question — Does this mean that Binance SAFU is now under U.S. government control?

Not to mention, back in March 2023, Binance replaced its Binance USD (BUSD) holdings in the SAFU with Tether (USDT) and TrueUSD (TUSD). This change was a reaction to regulatory actions against Paxos, the issuer of BUSD, which then announced it would cease producing the exchange-backed stablecoin.


Edited by Harshajit Sarmah

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