Small crypto exchanges set to disappear


South Korea’s four biggest exchanges, including Upbit and Bithumb, have all registered as legal trading platforms – and they account for about 97% of trading volume in the country, according to ruling party lawmaker Noh Woong-rae last week.

SEOUL: South Korean regulators are set to shut down dozens of cryptocurrency exchanges in the coming days, though the impact is likely to be felt only on the margins of the industry given the low volumes involved.

About 35 trading platforms – out of a total of 63 – have not received the certification required to register with the Financial Intelligence Unit, according to the government.

Since the certification process takes three to six months and the deadline is Sept 24, it will be “virtually impossible” for exchanges that haven’t already won approval to get it in time, the regulator said.

However, the regulatory move is expected to affect only a small portion of the country’s crypto activity.

South Korea’s four biggest exchanges, including Upbit and Bithumb, have all registered as legal trading platforms – and they account for about 97% of trading volume in the country, according to ruling party lawmaker Noh Woong-rae last week.

Investors who bought “Kimchi coins” – cryptos that primarily developed and traded by South Koreans that tend to be smaller and less liquid than many – are likely to be the most affected.

Platforms that will fail to meet the regulatory requirements must notify their clients of possible closure by tomorrow.

The South Korean won is the sixth-most-used fiat currency in the world to trade major cryptocurrencies as of yesterday, CoinMarketCap data showed.

Over the years a “Kimchi premium” has often existed where bitcoin costs more than elsewhere in the world due to high demand.

The coins listed only on the small exchanges being forced to shut down generally lack intrinsic value and serve little purpose, which could make it difficult to calculate their fair value or estimate the scope of the overall impact, according to market watchers.

The shutdowns could cause three trillion won (US$2.6bil or RM11bil) of damage to investors in the so-called Kimchi coins, according to an estimate by chair of the South Korea Society of Fintech Blockchain last week. — Bloomberg

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

South Korea , small , crypto , currency , exchanges , disappear ,

   

Next In Business News

Budget 2022: MAHB seeks incentives to restore air connectivity
Touch ‘n Go eWallet launches DuitNow transfer
Hong Kong’s IPO market withers as billion-dollar listings lapse
Netflix estimates ‘Squid Game’ will be worth US$900m
Down Is still up for foreign investors piling into China
More opportunities under 12th Malaysia Plan, gig economy to benefit
Second phase of London's Battersea Power Station to be opened to public next year
CPO futures seen trading higher next week on improved sentiment, may hit RM5,050
US to lift restrictions Nov 8 for vaccinated foreign travelers
China aluminium firm Zhongwang flags 'severe difficulties' at subsidiaries

Others Also Read


Vouchers