Why Exodus disabled Bitcoin exchanges?

Exodus wallet temporarily suspended operations with Bitcoin due to the problems it experienced during past 72 hours
13 November   625

Exodus, the cryptocurrency and bitcoin wallet announced on November 11 that exchanges involving BTC would be temporarily disabled due to Bitcoin network congestion. It was stated that will be no opportunity to operate with Bitcoin until the network returns to normal.

Although the problem was promised to be dealt with by November 12, the Bitcoin trading pairs still remain disabled. Exodus claimed in the official twitter account that Bitcoin network fees are the highest they have ever seen and that a lot of transactions still need hours more to confirm. Regarding the exchanges failing at an unacceptable rate, exchange feature for Bitcoin trading pairs was decided to be suspended.

As far as the problem is still relevant, there was published a message to the community in Exodus account on Medium, where it was stated that the parabolic rise of Bitcoin Cash had a serious impact on the Bitcoin network and fewer miners on the Bitcoin blockchain made transactions more expensive.

This was a painful decision for us, as we were fully aware of the market situation; but at the same time, we couldn’t risk your funds getting stuck in the worst Bitcoin traffic jam. It’s worth noting the only income stream of Exodus is a small commission we get after ShapeShift exchanges, but we decided to prioritize user safety over commercial interest.
 

Exodus Team

Exodus team apologised for all inconveniences, promising to increase support efforts and reply with a solution to all users within 48 hours. They opened a direct channel to ShapeShift, and promised to deliver the funds back to the wallet as quickly as possible and to cover all related costs.

Moreover, Exodus pledged to add as many support engineers to their team as necessary, to improve the connection to ShapeShift, to work on integrating alternative exchange platforms, and to add a new feature which will warn users of “surge pricing” in case of similar network issues in the future.

Largest Nordic Bank Bans Employees' Bitcoin Trade

Employees who currently own cryptocurrencies will not be forced to sell them, but they will not be allowed to buy more
23 January   179

Nordea, the Nordic region’s biggest bank, said Monday it will ban its roughly 31,000 employees from trading cryptocurrencies as of February 28 due to the unregulated nature of the market and high risks. This is reported by Reuters.

The reason why employees are prohibited from investing in cryptocurrencies is that the risks are considered too high and the protection for both employees and the bank is insufficient.

 

Nordea said in a statement

The bank added that unlike trading of securities and currencies, trade of cryptocurrencies is not regulated by any authority, and as such investors who buy cryptocurrencies have no protection against illegal business practices and money laundering.

Employees who currently own cryptocurrencies will not be forced to sell them, but they will not be allowed to buy more, bank said.

In early December, we have reported that Merrill Lynch bank banned its customers and consultants who carry out transactions on their behalf to buy bitcoin through the Grayscale Investment Trust.