FTX and Binance Futures Reduce Leverage to 20x, Prioritizing Consumer Protection

Two of the leading cryptocurrency derivative trading platforms – Binance Futures and FTX – are reducing the maximum allowed leverage on their platforms.

  • Ran by Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX is one of the leading cryptocurrency derivatives trading platform, offering high leverage of up to 100x to its customers.
  • This, however, will no longer be the case as the exchange plans on trimming it down to 20x, citing consumer protection concerns.
  • Speaking on the matter, SBF actually revealed that the average leverage that users are currently taking advantage of is 2x. Hence, the move will only “hit a tiny fraction of activity on the platform.”
  • Quickly after that, Changpeng Zhao, CEO at Binance – the world’s leading cryptocurrency exchange, announced similar doings for their derivatives arm – Binance Futures.

Binance Futures started limited new users to max 20x leverage last Monday, July 19th – 7 days ago. (We didn’t want to make this a thingy).

In the interest of Consumer Protection, we will apply this to existing users progressively over the next few weeks.


  • Both moves come at a time when global financial regulators are taking measurable actions to interfere in the industry and somewhat put it under existing regulatory standards in traditional finance.

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