Cryptocurrency let for Trading as Commodity in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade has allowed cryptocurrency trading on futures exchanges as a commodity
05 June 2018   860

As reported in the local news sourse, the positive decision towards crypto trading follows a 4-month research by the regulator into the subject before the regulator enclosed that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have to be classified as commodities. Dharma Yoga, the agency’s market supervision chief, stated that the agency had signed a formal decree “to make cryptocurrency a commodity that could be traded at the bourse”.

In the near future supporting regulations of cryptocurrency exchanges, wallet providers and mining companies, taxation and prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing via cryptos will also take place, according to Yoga. The issuance of these regulations will comprise a number of other authorities including Bank Indonesia (BI), the country’s central bank, and the Financial Services Authority (OJK), the country’s financial regulator.

These events come despite the central bank prohibiting cryptos as a payment means late last year. Bank Indonesia confirmed that stance and warned “all parties not to sell, buy, or trade virtual currency” in January.  The cryptocurrency adopters in Indonesia haven’t been discouraged in a flourishing market that sees INDODAX, one of the country’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, on track to have more registered customers than the country’s national stock exchange.

Yoga also stated that the authority is calling on exchanges like INDODAX to give reports on product specification and training procedures to help develop a more advanced regulatory framework.

Xapo to Move from Hong Kong to Switzerland

According to Ted Rogers, Xapo president, Switzerland is the best place for crypto companies
23 January 2019   78

The well-known cryptocurrency company Xapo has decided to move the majority of units from Hong Kong to the Swiss “Cryptowalley”, BitcoinExchangeGuide reports.

The main structures of Xapo have worked in Hong Kong for several years. Nevertheless, the company is convinced that Switzerland has a more friendly legal infrastructure in relation to cryptocurrencies. This, Xapo believes, will enable the company to improve the quality of services and better comply with regulatory requirements.

It was one thought that Hong Kong was the holy grail of crypto regulations. But it has become more opaque. It’s a reality of this industry that you have to be agile and react to regulatory changes all the time. Swiss regulators are smart, interested and sophisticated in dealing with the financial markets. 

Ted Rogers

President, Xapo

Also, according to him, Switzerland is the best place to create cryptocurrency and blockchain companies.

Currently, Xapo has about 250 employees. At the same time, only 10 of them work in Zug.