Possible Insider Trading on Binance Raises Questions After Rocket Pool [RPL] Listing
• Binance recently added the Rocket Pool [RPL] token to their exchange, causing its price to increase by 31%.
• Three separate addresses were found to have bought RPL before the listing and then sold it immediately after the rise in value, making profits of $255,398, $76,000 and $318,240 respectively.
• This raised questions of possible insider trading which Binance may not be able to afford another controversy of.
Recently, Binance, the world’s largest exchange, listed the decentralized Ethereum [ETH] staking pool token, Rocket Pool [RPL]. This listing caused the price of RPL to increase by 31%, however, this was not without controversy. Before the listing, three separate addresses were found to have bought RPL and then sold it immediately after the rise in value, making respective profits of $255,398, $76,000 and $318,240.
This revelation raised eyebrows in the crypto community as some pointed to possible insider trading in the firm. As the United States SEC had confirmed that Binance was on its radar, the exchange may not be able to afford another controversy of this nature. The last time Binance had such issues was in 2021 and it was able to overcome the hurdle.
It was not immediately clear if this was indeed an insider trading scandal and all fingers pointed to a possible co-conspirator. According to the details of the transaction, one address deposited 200,000 Tether [USDT] in exchange for RPL before the listing and then sold back for $255,398 shortly after. The other two exchanged ETH for the token and made profits of $76,000 and $318,240 respectively.
The crypto community has been discussing the possible implications of this transaction and the possibility of an insider trading scandal. Binance, however, has yet to comment on the situation and it remains to be seen how the exchange will handle this incident. As the trading abettor of the token is still unknown, the crypto community will be keeping a close eye on the situation for any updates.