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kraken’s got a downtime

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Prior this week the San Francisco-based digital currency exchange Kraken planned some downtime to redesign the exchanging stage’s framework. The update for one of the world’s biggest computerized resource trades should keep going for just two hours, yet the site stayed down for well more than 24 hours. Kraken is currently back on the web and plans to offer zero charge exchanging until January 31 to compensate for its clients’ burden.

Kraken Exchange Goes Offline for a Record Amount of Time since 2013, Freaking Out Customers

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The Kraken trade is one of the greatest computerized asset exchanging platform, with a tremendous amount of clients. On January 10, the exchange told the general population that it was “playing out a framework upgrade on Thursday, January 11 at around 5:00 UTC (Wednesday, January 10 at 9 pm PT).” The update was at first just expected to most recent two hours however that time go with no reclamation of administration and clients began getting chafed. Kraken clients on gatherings and online networking grumbled as every hour go amid the day. As the day advanced the exchange updated the public by means of Twitter:

 “We are in the final stage of installing the upgrade now — We are getting close but hard to give an exact ETA since it depends on how the final testing goes,” explained Kraken.

Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013 — No, we’re not proud of it.

Back Online But With Many Changes

At last, on January 13 the San Francisco exchanging platform reported that the site and the exchanging engine was back on the web. Nonetheless, amid the redesign certain things had changed, for example, the new record check process would be postponed to its “most reduced need.” Further higher layered records will have need over new accounts searching for first time confirmation, says the exchange. Withdrawals are as yet suspended for the following 12 hours and every single earlier request were cancelled. Along this, deposits can take up to two extra business days for assets to be credited to exchanging accounts.

 

“All assets in beforehand open requests have been come back to your accessible adjust — Margin liquidations will be stopped for no less than 48 hours, and the production of new edge positions is crippled for no less than 48 hours,” clarifies Kraken’s blog entry and email to clients.

With trading now resumed, the engine’s performance will be closely monitored — The site will come down if needed, which may occur with little to no notice.

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The Recent Crypto-Bear Market and Fallen Exchange Nightmares from the Past Get Traders Edgy

Kraken unquestionably saw its clients furious about the downtime, particularly when markets have been to a great degree bearish so the organization apologized for the downtime. Thus from now and until January 31, the exchanging stage is giving clients zero fees for all unleveraged exchanges until January 31, 2018 (UTC). Furthermore, the trade is diminishing edge position charges to 0.005 percent until the finish of the month also.

 

Kraken dealers were not happy with the downtime.

The experience has reminded digital money defenders that trades can go down whenever and for long periods of time. Shockingly, many individuals likewise have recollections of trades that never returned on the web and their assets are currently gone until the end of time. This made the Kraken encounter alarming for a considerable lot of its clients, says one of the clients:

 

Can someone in the Bay area please stop by Kraken headquarters and see if there is anyone there or if it looks like they skipped town?

 

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Australian Taxation Office warned against crypto retirement funds

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Regulatory authorities around the world have tighten the grip on crypto projects. Taxation authorities like Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are the latest to join the list with strong initiatives.

Australian Taxation Office recently sent warning letters to the investors who have invested a large part of their retirement savings in crypto related funds. ATO sent these letters in order to warn investors against high risk investments like crypto. One of the key responsibilities of regulatory authorities and taxation authorities is to keep investors away from high risk investment schemes.

A spokesman from ATO told local media that “We have already seen instances in 2018 where investors lost significant amount of their retirement fund in crypto investments, so it’s our duty to make them aware about the kind of risk crypto market posses”. The spokesman further explained that they are also against the huge exposure in any single asset class. “We are not saying that we are all and all against the crypto market or crypto assets, but we are more concerned about the kind of exposure these crypto retirement funds have in single crypto asset like Bitcoin”

“If an investor is putting more than 90% of his retirement savings in crypto then obviously it is at high risk and that’s what we discourage, we have no issues in diversified portfolios but if crypto retirement funds are having 100% exposure in crypto assets then we have to warn investors about the potential losses.

Self-Managed-Super Funds (SMSFs)

SMSFs are type of retirement accounts privately managed by individuals rather than the institutions or regulated financial companies. Australian Securities and Investments Commission also supports ATO’s decision, in a recent statement ASIC said

“Be wary of services offering to establish an SMSF for you in order to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies. Not only does operating an SMSF involve significant time, skills and responsibility, you may also be putting your retirement savings at risk”

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“Coinbase seeing $200-400 million in new crypto deposits every week”: Armstrong 

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CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong says that “Adoption of crypto by Institutions is no more an uncertainty. The question was valid about 12 months ago, but now everything has changed as we’re seeing $200-400 million a week in new crypto deposits from institutional clients”

In a recent tweet, Armstrong further says that trust and safety means a lot to crypto investors and Coinbase is on a mission to provide safe infrastructure to institutional clients in order to increase adoption.

Coinbase has completed acquisition of Xapo which helped them in institutional business. In a recent blogpost, Coinbase further mentioned that in just one year of launch, Coinbase custody has reached a staggering number of $7 billion of assets under custody, stored on behalf of 120 clients from 14 different countries.

The highlight of today’s tweet from Brian Armstrong was the numbers from Institutional investors. Safety have always been a big issue for investors and that’s why there were lot of discussions regarding adoption of crypto at Institutional level, but with $200 – 400 million coming into Coinbase every week, we can easily say that crypto adoption at institutional level is no more a question, it’s a reality.

The way forward 

We already discussed about the importance of safety of funds in crypto market, but in order to increase adoption, crypto market must create new traders. Traders love leverage, borrowing and lending which allows them to trade the market even with limited resources. Retail forex market is a prime example of such facilities. Coinbase did mentioned in the blogpost that they are excited to explore new ways to monetize and leverage crypto assets like borrowing and lending.

Bitcoin ETF

Decision about the Bitcoin ETF by securities and exchange commission is pending in October. Exchange traded fund approval from SEC can open new doors for crypto adoption at an institutional level.

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