Kraken to Blame Bloomberg in BTC Futures Manipulation

Exchange's team posted a reply-article to recent Bloomberg's paper
02 July 2018   484

The Kraken Crypto Currency Exchange responded to Bloomberg's recent publication, which said that it uses USDT tokens to perform questionable transactions.

Four Bloomberg reporters wrote that the USDT market on Kraken shows disturbing signals, which should be checked by regulators. Kraken, in turn, said that Bloomberg's findings were devoid of logic, and blamed "lemmings journalists" for helping to spread the dubious material. The exchange also suggested that Bloomberg could have its own motives to write such an article.

If we are to take up our pitchforks against market manipulation, guide your torches toward this illumination: the Bloomberg News piece was published on June 29th, the last business day of trading for Q2, and expiration date of numerous futures contracts.  It raises red flags.
 

Kraken's Article

The exchange, apparently, refers to futures traded on the CME. Transactions on them ended on June 29, and the calculation will take place on July 5. Thus, Bloomberg's material casts a shadow on bitcoin, and its publication on this day could be beneficial to those who took short positions in futures, suggests Kraken.

In its article, Bloomberg states that transactions of a small amount sometimes have a greater impact on the price of USDT than large transactions, and draws attention to a large number of orders of a certain size that could hardly have been placed by people.

Unlike the price of Bitcoin, which fluctuates in tandem with shifts in trading volume, the price of Tether is inconsistently changed by large and small orders to buy or sell the coin.
 

Bloomberg's Article

In response, Kraken writes that USDT tokens are provided with US dollars at a rate of 1 to 1, which distinguishes them from bitcoin, the price of which is determined by supply and demand.

This level of USDT price discovery happens on markets with hundreds of millions of dollars of volume, not on Kraken’s USDT/USD market, which has currently traded less than $1 million in the last 24 hours.
 

Kraken's Article

To answer Bloomberg's question about why "trades at a volume of 75 were by far the most common, and made up 7.9% of total trading activity on Tether between May 1–June 22" fall on orders worth 13076,389 USDT, Kraken had to contact the trader who placed them. According to him, this meaning "was chosen by chance".

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   193

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.