2k Confiscated BTC Created Issue for Finland Authorities

Authorities of Finland had faced bureaucratic problems while trying to handle seized crypto coins
20 February 2018   1024

Finland is trying to solve confiscated Bitcoin storing issue. This is reported by Bloomberg.

The crux of the problem is that authorities handling the coins won’t be able to store them on virtual currency exchanges due to bureaucratic problems. They have to store them offline. This is said in the documents, seen by the Bloomberg.

Most of the coins have been confiscated in raids conducted since 2016. There is no info how the coins were stored until now.

The official guidelines states that Finland authorities can’t treat Bitcoin or its crypto competitors like a currency. It’s an asset that, as a rule, can’t be used or accepted as a means of payment or as an investment, according to the Treasury document.

Cryptocurrencies seized by the Finnish state can be converted into euros after a court ruling on their appropriation has become binding. The sales should primarily take place via public auctions rather than commercial exchanges, which can be untrustworthy and opaque, the Treasury said.

Finnish state can convert seized crypto to euros only after a court ruling on their appropriation has become binding. The sales should primarily take place via public auctions rather than commercial exchanges the Treasury said.

SoftBank Founder to Lose $130M Due to BTC Investment

Masayoshi Son bought Bitcoin at the peak price and sold in the beginning of 2018
23 April 2019   134

Billionaire and head of the Japanese media corporation SoftBank Masayoshi Son made a major bet on the growth of Bitcoin during its price peak, which led to losses of more than $ 130 million, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing informed sources.

The exact amount of investment is unknown. However, the publication reports that Son acquired “digital gold” at the end of 2017, when BTC price confidently moved to around $ 20,000. Against the background of a sharp fall in early 2018, the investor got rid of the asset, fixing the loss.

Masayoshi Son is famous for his extreme risk appetite. So, at one time he invested in the Alibaba Group after a five-minute conversation with its founder, Jack Ma. Also, Son decided to invest $ 200 million in a startup dealing with solutions for growing vegetables indoors, thinking only about 30 minutes.

Some time ago, SoftBank's investment division sold Nvidia shares for $ 3.6 billion. The decision was made after a significant reduction in the capitalization of the manufacturer of video cards.