Kraken to Add Bech32 Support for BTC and QTUM

Bech32 format corresponds to addresses that support sending transactions using SegWit scaling technology
08 November 2018   204

The popular American cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced the long-awaited integration of Bech32 addresses for Bitcoin and QTUM.

To date, Bech32 addresses have been integrated only for withdrawal operations. Bech32 addresses start with “bc1” and “qc1” for bitcoin and QTUM, respectively. Support for Bech32 addresses for depositing operations will be implemented soon, the company promises.

The Bech32 format corresponds to addresses that support sending transactions using SegWit scaling technology, activated in the Bitcoin blockchain about a year ago. According to the transactionfee.info portal, by now the share of SegWit transactions in the Bitcoin blockchain has again dropped to 42%, after being briefly close to 50%.

Earlier, the Kraken exchange stated that it supported the launch of SegWit in the bitcoin blockchain and uses the Bech32 format to make transfers in its internal systems, but refused to provide customers with access to such addresses until the technology is integrated into large wallets such as Bitcoin Core. Release of Bitcoin Core 0.16.0 with support for SegWit was held in February of this year.

Get more info on Bech32 at GitHub.

Kraken to Launch Over The Counter Trading Platform

The minimum threshold of the new trading platform is $ 100,000
18 September 2018   241

The Kraken cryptocurrency exchange has added the possibility of over-the-counter trade in digital assets. It is worth noting that the minimum threshold for trading operations on the new OTC-platform is $ 100 000.

As stated in the blog Kraken, OTC-platform will be available "for residents of all countries."

Kraken is excited to announce a major expansion to our OTC trading platform which will enhance the execution of large block trades for clients worldwide. We offer deeper liquidity and private, personalized service to institutions and high net-worth individuals needing to fill large orders. 
 

Kraken Team

For trading on the site, 17 cryptocurrencies are available, including bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, EOS, Litecoin, Monero, Dash and Zcash, as well as three fiat currencies: the US dollar, euro and yen.

The company's blog also says that the Kraken OTC team has nine professional traders from North America, Europe and Asia, ready to provide assistance to customers.

Members have a combined 100 years of trading experience working for major financial institutions such as JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, UBS, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Kraken OTC sets itself above competitors by offering superb, hi-touch service at every step ranging from initial consultation and expert market insight, all the way through final settlement.
 

Kraken Team

Earlier, Kraken denied information about the massive dismissal of employees because of financial problems.