Kraken to Leave Japan

One of the oldest cryptocurrency exchange leaves Japan due to increased cost of doing business in the country
17 April 2018   367

One of the oldest crypto exchanges Kraken announced the termination of work in Japan. Main reason for this decision is called the increased cost of doing business in this country, reports Bloomberg.

The exchange said that it plans to stop all services for residents of Japan until the end of June, but in the future, if the situation changes, it can again return to this market.

Suspending services for Japan residents will allow us to better focus on our resources to improve in other geographical areas. This is a localized suspension of service that only affects residents of Japan and does not impact services for Japanese citizens or businesses domiciled outside of Japan.
 

Kraken

Kraken started to operate in Japan since October, 2014. According to Coinmarketcap, Kraken takes the 10th place in the list of exchanges in terms of trading volume.

In March, the exchange closed a number of bank accounts, and also stopped accepting deposits in US dollars, euros and British pounds through the interbank transfer system SWIFT.

Kraken to Blame Bloomberg in BTC Futures Manipulation

Exchange's team posted a reply-article to recent Bloomberg's paper
02 July 2018   238

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".