Cryptocurrency CFDs to be available 24/7 in Europe

European brokerage Robomarkets has made cryptocurrency-based CFDs`trading possible for its clients
20 March 2018   2053

Today the list of accessible trading instruments includes popular kinds of cryptocurrency: bitcoin, bitcoin cash, dash, ethereum, ripple and litecoin. An investment company Robomarkets registered by Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CYREC) has added CFDs (contracts-for-difference) for constant trading: BTC/USD, ETH/USD, BCH/UCD, DASH/USD, XRP/USD and LTC/USD. The maximum admissible leverage of these instruments is 1:5. They may be traded on such platforms as Metatrader 4, Metatrader 5, Webtrader and also on the Robomarkets`own R Trader terminals. Moreover, the clients can buy cryptocurrencies without swaps (with a leverage value of 1:1) using the R Trader platform.

Robomarkets presented the new concept to its clients and explained that in contrast with the instruments the most CFD traders are used to, cryptocurrencies can be traded 24/7 including on the weekends when fiat currency pairs, stocks and commodities are unavailable for trading operations. This factor gives the traders an opportunity to use more strategies which may take some extra time to add to the common business week.

The Robomarkets` development manager Konstantin Rashap claimed that the company keeps up with modern and cutting-edge technological solutions and would be pleased to offer its clients trading assets of new class. According to his point of view, the aim of adding cryptocurrencies to the list of 8,700 available trading instruments is not only to respond to the clients`demands, but also to improve the services`quality.

Bitcoin and ethereum trading had been firstly launched by Roboforex, the European brokerage`s international sister company in September, 2017. Besides, the Belize-licenced firm added CFDs (bitcoin cash, dash, Ripple`s XRP, litecoin) earlier this year.

Israeli BTC Investors to Face Catch 22

They need to pay taxes from Bitcoin investing in order to avoid their property arrest, but banks don't take their money due to AML issues
06 August 2019   135

Bitcoin investors in Israel are faced with the impossibility of paying taxes, as local banks refuse to accept funds received from the sale of cryptocurrencies because of the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing. About this writes the local edition of Haaretz on August 6.

Bitcoin is not recognized as a currency in Israel, therefore, individuals must pay 25% of the income from cryptocurrency trading to the treasury, and legal entities - 47%.

Investor Ron Gross told the publication that he acquired bitcoins in 2011 and reported his income to the tax office. In 2017, the bank that served Gross began to refuse to accept funds received from the sale of bitcoins. The investor met with representatives of the bank to demonstrate to them a 70-page history of bitcoin transactions as confirmation of the origin of the funds, but failed to convince them.

The tax authority is aware of the problem, but they say the ball isn’t in their courts. I’ve tried working with almost all the banks, but the minute they hear the word ‘Bitcoin’ they freeze up.
 

Ron Gross

Bitcoin investor from Israel

 

Since Gross was unable to pay taxes on time, his bank account, home, and even scooters were arrested. According to the investor, the tax authorities know about the problem, but can do nothing.

According to Haaretz, the tax office is aware of $ 86 million in unpaid taxes on income from cryptocurrency trading. It is possible that the real amount may be significantly higher.

Roy Arav, another Bitcoin investor, kept the proceeds from trading Bitcoin in an account with Israeli bank Discount under the control of the Bit2C exchange. The bank refuses to transfer money to Arava’s personal account under the pretext that its politicians forbid it to transfer funds related to virtual assets to client accounts due to the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.

Arav also could not pay taxes and was forced to sue the bank. According to the investor, the authorities entered his position and granted him a deferral of time for the consideration of the claim.