FTX Exchange to Launch Bitcoin Options Trading

According to Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of Binance-backed exchange, the Bitcoin options trading volume hit $1M mark in 2 hours after the launch 
13 January 2020   113

The FTX cryptocurrency derivatives platform launched the trading of Bitcoin options. This was announced by its CEO Sam Bankman-Fried.

According to him, in about 2 hours the volume of options trading reached $ 1 million.

At the same time, he did not specify on which particular crypto assets the options were launched, however, only Bitcoin options are displayed on the platform’s website.

According to CoinGecko, FTX is the eighth largest crypto asset exchange with a daily trading volume of $ 277.8 million.

FTX was founded in early 2019 and supports derivatives trading products, including quarterly and perpetual contracts for various crypto assets.

Bithumb Filed Appeal Against Korean Tax Office

Looks like the korean exchange doesn't really want to pay an additional tax worth $67 000 000
16 January 2020   97

The South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has filed a complaint against the National Tax Service (NTS) because of the requirement to pay additional taxes for the transactions of its foreign customers.

The company claims that cryptocurrencies do not have an official status in the territory of South Korea, which is why the authorities cannot have sufficient reasons to levy any taxes.

The tax court will have to decide within 90 days whether to retain or withdraw from Bithumb the obligation to pay the $ 69.1 million tax that was assigned to it by NTS in November. The Office declares that the withdrawal of income from accounts in Korean won by foreign residents is a taxable event. It is assumed that the exchange itself had to withhold tax from its foreign customers.

We paid the full amount and have since been preparing for arguments. We believe we will be given a chance to clarify our stance in court.



 The ministry has its own position on this issue.

Bitcoin under the current law is not an asset. It is clear and simple. The Ministry of Economy and Finance already made that clear. The NTS pushing ahead with the tax imposition is baseless and groundless, especially since it is still awaiting the ministry opinion on the same matter it sought again.


Choi Hwoa-in

Adviser to Financial Supervisory Service

According to the expert, the NTS maneuver is well thought out and aimed at starting to levy a tax on income that is currently not taxable.

We cannot comment on the ongoing matter. We will await the judgment from the Tax Tribunal.



Earlier, Bithumb was ordered to pay an additional $ 67 million in tax.