Investor confidence in the cryptocurrency market has taken a hit following the lawsuit by the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) against Binance and its CEO, Changpeng Zhao. The lawsuit alleges that Binance offered derivatives to US customers without a license, and confirms suspicions that US regulators are cracking down on unregulated crypto service providers. Bitcoin and Ether prices have dropped to seven-day lows, with traders worried that further corrections could lead to revisits of bear market lows.
Despite CZ’s rejection of the allegations, Binance saw a net outflow of $121 million in Bitcoin on March 27. The lawsuit has also caused increased crypto outflows, with some investors choosing to sell off their holdings in response to the news. In addition to the lawsuit, interest rate hikes and concerns about a softening economy are also weighing on the market, with investor sentiment about the current state of the economy remaining low. While some industry insiders are urging caution and waiting for more information, others are concerned about the impact of the lawsuit on the future of the cryptocurrency market.