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Binance Converts $1B SAFU Fund to USDC, Now 3% of Circulating Supply

Binance transitions its $1 billion SAFU fund to USDC, now representing 3% of the stablecoin's circulating supply, enhancing fund stability and transparency.

Strategic Shift to Enhance Fund Stability and Transparency

Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, has transitioned its Secure Asset Fund for Users (SAFU) entirely into Circle's USD Coin (USDC), now accounting for 3% of the stablecoin's total circulating supply. This move, announced on April 18, reflects Binance's commitment to utilizing a "trusted, audited, and transparent stablecoin" for its billion-dollar emergency fund.

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Purpose of SAFU

Established in 2018, SAFU serves as an emergency insurance fund designed to protect Binance users in extreme scenarios, such as exchange hacks. The fund ensures that users can be reimbursed for unforeseen losses, providing an additional layer of security and trust for the exchange's platform.

Conversion Details and Implications

The transition involved substantial financial maneuvers, including a transfer of 800 million USDC recorded on Ethereum at 02:35 UTC with a transaction fee of just $1.88. Additional conversions included the transfer of 1.36 million Binance Coin (BNB), valued at approximately $754 million, and 16,277 Bitcoin (BTC). This marks the fund's second conversion in just over a year, following a previous shift from Binance USD (BUSD) to Tether (USDT) and TrueUSD (TUSD) in response to regulatory pressures on the BUSD issuer, Paxos.

Binance’s Strategy and Market Context

Binance's decision to shift SAFU to USDC underscores the exchange's strategy to enhance the fund's stability and transparency, leveraging USDC's reputation as a well-regulated and widely accepted stablecoin. The conversion also reflects broader market dynamics, where USDC has seen its supply increase by 33% since December, bolstering its position as the second-largest stablecoin with a market share of about 20%, following Tether's dominant 69% market share.