Malaysian Tax Officials Froze Accounts of Luno Crypto Exchange

Счета криптобиржи Luno заморожены малазийской налоговой службой

Cryptocurrency exchange Luno incorporated in London announced that its accounts in Malaysian Bank were frozen by the Malaysian tax authorities on January 13th.

Luno has been providing cryptocurrency trading services for 5 years in different countries such as Nigeria, South Africa, Malaysia, Indonesia, the UK, and 35 other European states. According to exchange representatives, IRB is investigating a case that is connected to tax discrepancies.

Malaysian users of Luno exchange still have an opportunity to exchange bitcoins and ethers for country’s national fiat currency.

“All your funds – local and digital currencies – remain safe with Luno and all other services remain unaffected” – informs the exchange.

Luno also reports cooperation with banks and IRB to settle the dispute as quickly as possible.

“As set out in our privacy policy, we value our customers’ privacy and strive to protect your personal information. We will only provide personal information where we are legally required to do so and are working with our local advisers to ensure that any disclosure is consistent with our obligations to you, our customers”.

The exchange faced problems after the central bank of Malaysia (BNM) drafted a bill on cryptocurrency regulation introducing new rules for companies and individuals in the country. Luno trading platform that has a rather small share of cryptocurrency market trades in Malaysia, became the first “victim” of the regulator’s policy.

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Cryptocurrency Prices: The Rating Is in the Red Zone

Cryptocurrency Prices: The Rating Is in the Red Zone

According to the trading portal Coinmarketcap.com, Bitcoin (BTC) fell by 2.27% in the last 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $8122.

The prices of cryptocurrencies are jumping again. Only yesterday they were growing, but today the rating is showing red numbers again. Ripple decreased by 3.27%, Monero lost 6.31%, Stellar fell by 5.10%, the price of EOS is also in the red zone – it dropped by 2.76%.

Ethereum is showing a fall by 2.95%. Its value at the time of writing is $682 per coin.

The total market capitalization is $370 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 37.3% of the total amount. It is $138 billion in monetary terms.

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The Japanese bank MUFG Will Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

The Japanese bank MUFG Will Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency

After loud statements by Buffett and Gates concerning cryptocurrency, it seemed that at least the state institutions of countries would refuse from it, but a Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group still decided to acquire its own cryptocurrency, MUFG Coin, in 2019.

“Regarding the speculation (in) media reports, these reports are not based on any announcement by MUFG, and the details have not been decided,” the bank’s spokesman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. “However we can only say that it’s true that MUFG is conducting demonstration experiments on the ‘Coin’ within the company utilizing a blockchain technology.”

According to NHK Japan, the digital currency MUFG Coin will be tested for suitability in several regions of the country. 100,000 people who are associated with the company will be able to participate.

Representatives of the bank will provide an opportunity for users to use the cryptocurrency as a means to pay for goods and services in shops and institutions. The bank’s digital currency can be transferred to the accounts of those who participate in the project. If the idea is successful, then MUFG will be the first Japanese bank that has its own digital currency.

The MUFG coin can be used exclusively in Japan. In the world market it can be traded in pairs at non-financial currency exchanges instead of USTD (Tether cryptocurrency, tied to the dollar).

Those people who have downloaded and installed an application that automatically converts deposits into MUFG Coin will be able to take part in the test of the new currency. The cost of one coin is equal to one yen.

We remind you that the management of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group announced its intention to launch a  cryptocurrency exchange with the national currency, as well as a service with split Bitcoin-accounts.

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