What is Binance Coin (BNB)?
Future of BNB Cryptocurrency and know how to buy BNB

#1 - Binance Coin (BNB): The Basics

If you are a pro cryptocurrency investor, even a beginner in the crypto world, there are good chances that you have come across the name Binance, and for good reason, since it is the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume. The name “Binance” is the combination of two words: Binary and Finance. If you have ever used the platform, you may be aware that it has its own cryptocurrency called the Binance Coin.

What is Binance Coin?

  1. Binance coin is a digital currency issued by the cryptocurrency exchange Binance. The cryptocurrency is denoted by the symbol BNB. It is based on the Ethereum blockchain and similar to Ether, the BNB token also fuels all operations on Binance.com.
  2. Binance coin is used by users to pay the fees levied by Binance exchange for using the services. These fees include, but are not limited to trading fees, exchange fees, and listing fees. Additionally, Like any other cryptocurrency, BNB can also be traded on supported cryptocurrency exchanges.

Binance Coin Development

  1. Binance was founded in 2017 by its CEO Changpeng Zhao with co-founder & CTO Roger Wang. Changpeng, who is also known as CZ in the crypto community, previously founded and served as the CEO of BijieTech, a cloud-based exchange provider for exchange operators. In addition, Changpeng was also the co-founder and CTO of OKCoin.
  2. Binance was initially headquartered at Shanghai, China, but following a ban from the Chinese government, it moved its servers and headquarters to Japan. In March 2018, Binance received an official warning from Japan’s Financial Services Authority (JFSA) to shut down its operations in the country. It has been reported that the cryptocurrency exchange is planning to take its operations to Malta.
  3. Binance had minted a total of 200 million BNB tokens for its use. The company held its initial coin offering (ICO) between July 14 - 27, 2017. The total supply of tokens was allocated in certain percentage among different entities.

100 million (50%) BNB tokens were reserved for the ICO.

80 million (40%) BNB tokens were allocated to the founding team.

20 million (10%) tokens were reserved for the Angel investors.

 

#2 - What are the benefits of Binance Coin?

Binance Technology & Features

Binance Exchange

  • As of August 2018, Binance Coin exists on the Ethereum blockchain. In March 2018, the company has announced that Binance will be ported to its own blockchain, which is in development. With its own blockchain, Binance will be upgraded to a decentralized exchange, this means that ERC-20 based BNB token will also be moved to the new blockchain.
  • Order Matching: First it is important to understand that cryptocurrency exchanges function only as facilitators of buy or sell orders from consumers, they do not directly buy or sell cryptocurrencies. Users rely on exchanges to match their buy orders for a cryptocurrency with other users’ orders that are selling the same cryptocurrency. It becomes of utmost importance for exchanges to be able to process maximum possible numbers of trading pairs. Binance features a robust matching engine that can handle 1,400,000 orders/second. This makes Binance one of the fastest cryptocurrency exchanges in the market.
  • Liquidity: A cryptocurrency exchange cannot succeed without having sufficient liquidity. As of August 2018, Binance trades about 380 cryptocurrencies, so it has the busiest orderbook in the crypto market. The exchange is populated by cryptocurrencies with highly competitive prices which helps the exchange to process a trading order in the quickest way.
  • Multilingual Support: Binance is a multilingual platform and is available in 13 languages which include English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Korean, German, Dutch, Vietnamese, Portuguese, and Turkish. This allows Binance to be accessed by people from across the world.

Binance Exchange Advanced Mode

  • Device Coverage: Binance is available on multiple platforms in order to provide users with an easy access to the exchange. It is available in two modes: a basic mode and an advanced mode for more in-depth analysis of cryptocurrencies. Binance is available on the following platforms:

Web-based trading client

Windows native client

A native Android client

HTML5 client on mobile

REST API

  • Fee Model: As mentioned above, Binance uses the BNB token to collect various fees levied for using the platform, such as trading, withdrawing, listing, etc. It presents an attractive fee model to users. As of August 2018, the platform charges a trading fee of 0.1% on each trade, but if users pay fees in BNB, they can claim an additional discount on the trading fees. The exchange has predetermined discount rates on a yearly basis, starting from the launch year of the exchange. Refer to the table below for more detailed information on discount rates.

Year

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

5th Year

Discount Rates

50%

25%

12.5%

6.75%

0%

 

#3 - How to buy and store Binance Coin?

How to Buy Binance Coin/ BNB Token?

BNB cannot be obtained via BNB mining, since all tokens were pre-mined by Binance at its inception. Users who wish to possess BNB can acquire it by exchanging on a cryptocurrency exchange.

  1. Since Binance itself is a cryptocurrency exchange, it allows BNB trading by pairing with over 70 cryptocurrencies. Other than domestic exchange, Binance coin can be traded on the Bancor Network, Gate.io, IDEX, Trade Satoshi, etc.
  2. The ideal way to trade any cryptocurrency is to compare its rates on all available exchanges. This allows users to trade on the best possible rates. One such platform is CoinSwitch.
  3. CoinSwitch is the largest cryptocurrency exchange aggregator platform, which allows trading of over 350 cryptocurrencies with 45000+ possible pairs. It aggregates live price charts from all exchanges so users can compare cryptocurrency rates and trade across all available exchanges. Additionally, users can track the past and present performance of cryptocurrencies by using up-to-date performance analysis and tables, provided on the website.

BNB Token Storage

Official Binance Wallet: Trust Wallet, Image Sourse: TrustWalletApp

Similar to other cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance also provides a wallet which can be used for storing BNB or any other cryptocurrency that trades on Binance exchange. In July 2018, Binance acquired Trust Wallet, a mobile wallet for Ethereum-based tokens. Trust Wallet is now being marketed as the official Binance wallet. Apart from the official wallet, BNB can be stored on an Ethereum compatible wallet. Some popular options are:

  • MyEtherWallet
  • Metamask
  • Mist
  • Ledger Nano S
  • Trezor

 

#4 - What is the future of Binance Coin?

  1. As of August, 2018, Binance Coin boasts of a market cap of over $875 million. This makes it the 17th largest cryptocurrency by market capitalisation in the global cryptocurrency market.
  2. The leadership has planned to use 20% of its profits every quarter to buy back BNB tokens and burn them. The burning of the tokens will continue until there are only 100 million BNB tokens remaining.
  3. So far there have been four token burning events, the last one was held in July 2018. This takes down total supply of BNB tokens by 192,443,301, leaving over 95.51 million tokens in circulation, as of August 2018.
  4. On July 25, 2017, BNB went live for trading on the cryptocurrency market for the price of $0.115203. Initially for some months, the cryptocurrency demonstrated growth at a slow rate, which exponentially increased from mid-December 2017.
  5. Compared to 2017, the Binance cryptocurrency price has been more volatile in 2018. The price dramatically spiked up in January 2018, when BNB price reached its all-time high of $24.91, followed by an immediate crash. As of August 14, 2018, the price is trending around $9, which is about 22% decline from previous day.

Price (USD) History

Date

Open

High

Low

Close

Volume

Market Cap

Aug 13, 2018

11.77

11.95

10.18

10.23

34,827,100

1,124,296,392

Jul 01, 2018

14.68

14.69

14.14

14.40

38,434,400

1,673,692,800

May 01, 2018

14.31

14.31

13.61

14.16

75,433,904

1,632,460,032

Mar 01, 2018

10.45

10.67

10.33

10.51

72,474,200

1,034,516,480

Jan 01, 2018

8.63

8.70

7.96

8.41

66,422,800

854,444,160

Nov 01, 2017

1.34

1.34

1.22

1.26

2,118,920

132,199,784

Sep 01, 2017

2.20

2.39

2.12

2.38

20,990,700

220,168,800

Jul 25, 2017

0.115203

0.115841

0.101531

0.105870

145,269

11,520,267

 

#5 - How is Binance Coin different from other cryptocurrencies?

  1. Unlike Bitcoin. Binance Coin’s functionality is not limit to only peer-to-peer payments. It is an integral part of the Binance’s ecosystem. BNB token is essentially a means for collecting revenue for the platform.
  2. BNB token has some unique benefits for its use on the platform. By using BNB users can be entitled to extra discount rates that are not otherwise applicable with any other cryptocurrency.
  3. In addition to a cryptocurrency exchange, Binance also features a platform Binance Labs for investing and incubating blockchain projects. As mentioned on the Binance website- “Binance Labs is a social impact fund and an initiative to incubate, invest, and empower blockchain and cryptocurrency entrepreneurs, projects, and communities.

 

#6 - Should you invest in Binance Coin?

  1. Binance is one of those projects that took cryptocurrency community with surprise by achieving an exponential growth in a short amount of time. Within one year, Binance has become the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume. Due to its success rate, the platform has garnered a lot of attraction from the users and investors alike.
  2. Binance is backed by a strong and dedicated team. The leadership and development team consist of people with relevant skills and experience required to push the project towards success. The team has been able to improve the platform to make it more secure and efficient. Binance’s security was tested in 2018 when some malicious entities mounted a hacking attempt, which was successfully repelled by Binance.
  3. The platform has demonstrated its ability to deliver high profits on investments. As of August 14, 2018, its price is about $9, which is over 8000% increase on its launch price.
  4. Additionally, Binance features a progressive economic model which will allow the burning of 100 million BNB tokens. The decreased total supply should contribute to an increased demand and token value.
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