Binance Review: A Cryptocurrency Trader's Complete Guide

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The cryptocurrency industry has improved a lot since 2017. The industry is more stabilized and solid than it has ever been in the past, bringing with it an increase in tools and resources for everyone. Fortunately for traders, Binance has been providing customers with great service for years, and is continually improving on its product offerings. Binance might have less name recognition in the United States compared to exchanges like Coinbase and there are plenty of alternative exchanges for traders to consider.

A Brief Look at Binance

Binance is the brainchild of Changpeng Zhao, also known as CZ, one of the most influential figureheads in the cryptocurrency industry. Zhao started Binance after developing high frequency trading software and working in an executive level position at another cryptocurrency exchange, OKCoin. Binance launched in 2017 and quickly became the largest cryptocurrency trading platform in the world. Until February 2020 the company was considered to be based in Malta, but after the small European nation declared that Binance was not within its jurisdiction, the company has declined to declare other headquarters, noting that Bitcoin itself doesn’t have a central headquarters.

One of Binance’s calling cards is the massive amount of liquidity available. The exchange currently has over 250 cryptocurrencies on its exchange, and 874 trading pairs. This makes it one of the most comprehensive exchanges on the market for trading almost any digital asset imaginable. However, one thing you won’t find on Binance is the ability to deposit, trade, or withdraw US dollars. Instead, the exchange utilizes Tether (USDT), a cryptocurrency pegged to the US dollar. While using USDT is a practical way to keep capital in the cryptocurrency market using a stable asset, without being able to trade in USD, Binance users are stuck finding another exchange to onboard or funding their account via a privately owned wallet. 

Security

Through the Binance Academy, Binance users get a comprehensive education on how to combat against security threats. The platform also has enhanced security features like Address Management, which limits the number of wallet addresses that can be used to withdraw funds, and requires email confirmation for new addresses to be added to the withdrawal whitelist. Overall, Binance has displayed a resilience against hackers. The one major misstep by the exchange was when 7,000 Bitcoin (worth about $40 million at the time) was stolen in 2019. The company offered to cover user losses from the incident, showing their commitment to keeping users happy. 

Trading Fees

Binance utilizes a fairly standard tiered trading fee structure. Yet, it does provide one of the better fee ranges on the market. At the lowest volume level fees are 0.1% for both makers and takers and can be reduced all the way down to 0.02%/0.04% for makers and takers respectively at the highest trade volume level. Also, Binance gives its users a few different ways to reduce their trading fees. By paying fees in the exchange’s native BNB token, Binance cuts trading fees by 25% (NOTE: this reduction in fee changes fairly often, so be sure to check the exchange website before placing a trade). Additionally, users who refer their friends to the exchange can earn another 20% reduction in fees. If both of these functions are utilized, traders end up paying 0.06% fees at the lowest trading level, well below all other exchanges.

For fiat withdrawals there are no deposit or withdrawal fee if using ACH transfers, and a $15 fee for domestic wire transfers. Cryptocurrency withdrawals come with a fee dependent on the cryptocurrency. For instance, Bitcoin withdrawals will cost 0.005 BTC while Ethereum withdrawals cost 0.013 ETH.



Level

30d Trade Volume (BTC)

&/or

BNB Balance

Maker / Taker

Maker / Taker

BNB

25% off

Maker / Taker

BNB x Referral

25% off x Kickback 20%

VIP 0

< 50 BTC

or

≥ 0 BNB

0.1000% / 0.1000%

0.0750% / 0.0750%

0.0600% /0.0600%

VIP 1

≥ 50 BTC

&

≥ 50 BNB

0.0900% / 0.1000%

0.0675% / 0.0750%

0.0540% /0.0600%

VIP 2

≥ 500 BTC

&

≥ 200 BNB

0.0800% / 0.1000%

0.0600% / 0.0750%

0.0480% /0.0600%

VIP 3

≥ 1500 BTC

&

≥ 500 BNB

0.0700% / 0.1000%

0.0525% / 0.0750%

0.0420% /0.0600%

VIP 4

≥ 4500 BTC

&

≥ 1000 BNB

0.0700% / 0.0900%

0.0525% / 0.0675%

0.0420% /0.0540%

VIP 5

≥ 10000 BTC

&

≥ 2000 BNB

0.0600% / 0.0800%

0.0450% / 0.0600%

0.0360% /0.0480%

VIP 6

≥ 20000 BTC

&

≥ 3500 BNB

0.0500% / 0.0700%

0.0375% / 0.0525%

0.0300% /0.0420%

VIP 7

≥ 40000 BTC

&

≥ 6000 BNB

0.0400% / 0.0600%

0.0300% / 0.0450%

0.0240% /0.0360%

VIP 8

≥ 80000 BTC

&

≥ 9000 BNB

0.0300% / 0.0500%

0.0225% / 0.0375%

0.0180% /0.0300%

VIP 9

≥ 150000 BTC

&

≥ 11000 BNB

0.0200% / 0.0400%

0.0150% / 0.0300%

0.0120% /0.0240%

Source: https://www.binance.com/en/fee/schedule

Liquidity

Binance currently has a daily trading volume of about $20 billion, making it the largest exchange in the industry. However, with such a wide array of trading pairs, this liquidity is spread across a wide market, and therefore the liquidity in each trading pair might not always be as high as one expects. Tether (USDT) is actually one of the most widely used tokens on the exchange, likely due to the fact that the exchange doesn’t allow for US dollar deposits and trading. If we do a direct comparison of BTC-USD on Coinbase vs. BTC-USDT on Binance, we see that the Binance pair has roughly 2-3x the volume.

User Experience

Binance is much more comprehensive than your traditional cryptocurrency exchange. There are a lot of different functions of the platform which provide value to users. These features might not be applicable to all traders, but it’s always good to see additional tools that some users might find helpful. It provides users an entire spectrum of crypto-related products that make it a one-stop-shop for trading and more. Binance users can download the Binance mobile trading app but are directed to utilize Trust Wallet for mobile cryptocurrency storage. 

Customer Service

Binance doesn’t offer a customer support telephone line, which is unfortunate for those who see this as a necessary piece of customer service. The exchange does claim that its representatives are available 24/7 via email or online messaging, which could prove useful for traders who are up at all hours of the day and/or night. 

What Else Is There to Consider

While originally United States-based users could utilize the standard Binance.com trading platform, the exchange is phasing out such usage and moving toward nation-based platforms. Binance.us is the new US-based platform that residents can utilize. Although, there are currently certain state level restrictions that limit who can use the new platform, which is constantly changing. Eventually, Binance.com will no longer be available for US traders, who instead will be forced to utilize Binance.us, which is unfortunate seeing as the current US platform has significantly less exchange liquidity than the original exchange. 

Some hypothesize that Binance is also acting in nefarious ways by reportedly creating a complex business structure in an attempt to evade United States regulators. However, these claims are unsubstantiated at this time.

The bottom line

Binance is one of the most well-regarded cryptocurrency exchanges on the planet. While it dominates in Asia and in other jurisdictions, its presence in the US is still growing. Binance is quickly eating into its market share and bringing with it a robust global exchange with tons of trading liquidity and volume. 

Binance has significantly higher trading volume and liquidity than US exchanges like Coinbase — albeit only for crypto-to-crypto trading — making it a great choice for traders looking to have access to a wide variety of trading pairs. 

For many traders, utilizing the benefits of both Binance and US-based exchanges could be of value. In the case of using both exchanges it’s a great idea to have real-time insight and analysis across exchanges to ensure the best possible price trades in real-time. Working with Cove Markets will allow you to trade with precision across multiple exchanges — including Binance, Coinbase, and several others — on an easy-to-use platform. Cove Markets is the go-to tool for cross-platform trading for traders of all levels.



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