The crypto exchange Poloniex, which is owned by Circle and based in San Francisco, is about to remove the total of 23 trading pairs from its list of assets. The reason for the change is that the crypto exchange has deemed that these trading pairs have a very low volume, so it is not worth to keep them around.
We will be removing 23 trading pairs on August 16, 2019, due to low volume. Note that each asset will continue to be independently tradable.
— Poloniex Exchange (@Poloniex) August 15, 2019
Curiously, none of the trading pairs is paired against Bitcoin. They are all traded against Monero (XMR), Ethereum (ETH), Tether (USDT) and only one with USD Coin (USDC). You can check the complete list of assets here.
Not The First Time Assets Are Delisted
This is not the first time that the Circle-owned exchange decides to delist assets. The last time this happened, on May 29, several assets have been completely removed from the platform, not only trading pairs. The assets were Bytecoin (BCN), GameCredits (GAME), Lisk (LSK), Augur (REP), Ardor (ARDR), Decred (DCR), Gas (GAS), Omni Layer (OMNI) and Nxt (NXT).
You may have heard of these assets. The main reason for delisting was not really low volume but regulatory uncertainty. The company is U. S.-based and most of the assets were created via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), which are not fully legal in the country. This meant that even somewhat famous tokens such as Augur ended up being kicked from the platform.
In related news, Coinbase Pro has also started to limit some assets this month. XTZ/BTC and XTZ/USD are set to enter transfer-only mode soon, even in the supported regions of these assets. At the moment, however, no orders can be placed on the order books of the platform.