The Central Bank of Uruguay has issued a summons to Binance, one of the biggest exchanges in the world, due to the series of crypto-based savings products they are offering in the country. These savings products, according to the bank, can only be made through verified banking institutions or by companies that issue equity in the national stock market. Uruguay still has no cryptocurrency-specific regulation.
Cryptocurrency savings products are in the spotlight of several regulators of countries all over the world. The Central Bank of Uruguay has these in its sights, and it has recently issued a summons to Binance due to its product portfolio in the country. According to the institution, Binance is offering these as savings-focused alternatives, without any kind of registration or authorization from regulators.
The institution clarified that:
The call to the general public for the application of their savings can only be done through financial intermediation institutions authorized to collect deposits in the market or as an issuer registered in the stock market registry.
Furthermore, the Central Bank of Uruguay called Binance to stop advertising these investment products as a savings-focused activity.
Binance Uruguay stated that they are focused on compliance issues, appreciating regulation as the only way in which this industry can expand and reach a mainstream audience. Binance also declared:
Binance reinforces that it is leading the way globally in the development of the crypto and blockchain ecosystem, working collaboratively with regulators, legislators, governments, and law enforcement authorities to ensure the most secure environment.
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