Binance’s USD stablecoin has been given the green light by New York’s financial watchdog, meaning licensed institutions can use the asset without any further regulatory approval.
- The New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) updated its "Greenlist" this week to include Binance USD (BUSD).
- This means permissioned financial institutions in the New York area can now custody and list BUSD without prior approval from the NYDFS but must still inform the regulator before adding it.
- Binance Compliance Officer Samuel Lim told CoinDesk BUSD could be accepted "on an immediate basis" by licensed entities.
- Binance said BUSD was NYDFS-approved at its launch in September 2019, but exchanges needed approval before listing it.
- BUSD is a white-label stablecoin from the Paxos Trust Company, which the NYDFS approved to issue stablecoins in 2018.
- Bitcoin, ether and litecoin are all on the NYDFS' Greenlist, as are stablecoins such as Gemini dollar and Paxos.
- Notably absent is Binance coin (BNB), the exchange's native token. The spokesperson declined to comment on whether Binance was trying to get BNB greenlisted.
- Binance U.S., the exchange's local trading platform, is still not available in New York.
UPDATE (Aug. 9, 19:10 UTC): This article has been updated to specify the approval applies to banks and other permissioned financial institutions.
UPDATE (Aug. 9, 22:09 UTC): This article has been updated to remove quote about JPMorgan offering the stablecoin as it’s not on the list of licensed institutions.