South Korea Has No Intention to Ban Cryptocurrency Exchanges

South Korea’s finance minister has confirmed that the government has no plans to shut down cryptocurrency trading or exchange platforms
31 January 2018   516

South Korea has become one of the main markets for cryptocurrency, yielding, probably, only Japan and China. Therefore, it is not surprising that the government was forced to deal with the regulation of a new industry that gained popularity in just a few months, after the outflow of traders and start-ups from China.

Today, after a few weeks of panic and confusion among Korean traders and investors, who fear a complete state ban on cryptocurrency trading (similar to China’s tough action in blocking virtual coin platforms), South Korea's finance minister said that the government is not going to set barriers to the cryptocurrency market.

 As it is indicated in the report by Reuters, South Korea’s finance minister Kim Dong-yeon said: «There is no intention to ban or suppress cryptocurrency market».

He also commented on contradictory statements by government officials from several ministries who partly supported and partly rejected the ban on the cryptocurrency exchanges, which was proposed by the Korea’s Justice Ministry.

On the same day with proposing to shut down all domestic cryptocurrency exchanges, Korea’s justice ministry was forced to soften its stance on the ban proposal after the backlash and called it  “not a finalized decision”. The Justice Ministry found little support from other governmental ministries including the Ministry of Finance which refused to support a trading ban on cryptocurrency market.

The UK Watchdog forestalls Against Coin Boost Inc.

FCA issued a warning to only deal with authorized financial companies
20 June 2018   59

On Monday the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a warning against Coin Boost Inc. for proposing financial services or products in the United Kingdom without authorization. As claimed on their webite, Coin Boost Inc. suggests investment plans for bitcoin traders and markets itself as the most “secured place to invest your bitcoins.” It declares it is a registered legal international investment company in the US and its activities are controlled by the US international business officials. It also demands it acts in accordance with US legislation.

The broker confirms to have an office at 313 Patterson Road, Brooklyn, New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 11209. The UK regulatory has yet again published an alert to only deal with financial firms that have been authorized by the FCA. Individuals can check the Financial Services Register in order to see whether an organization is authorized.

The watchdog statement also informed the UK investors that if something goes wrong while trading with unauthorized brokerages, they will not be optative to get assistance from the FCA. This warning follows a recent report that demonstrated the grow of online investment fraud, that Finance Magnates reported on in January. The report claimed that investors had lost an average of GBP 87,410 (USD 118, 379) per day during 2017.

The conclusion made by the FCA’s report is that scammers’ tactics have changed and many now utilize social media and other online marketing methods to reach potential investors, instead of approaching them through traditional tactics such as cold calling.