Bitcoin 

Kraken Users’ Report Difficulties With Connecting to Site and API

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken’s users are experiencing difficulties with connecting to the site and application programming interface (API). In a tweet published on Aug. 13, Kraken warned the public that it is receiving reports of clients having issues connecting to the site and API. The exchange further states that it is investigating the issue and will post related update. Back in January, the Exchange Security Report from independent analysts at ICORating gave 16 percent of the world’s biggest crypto trading platforms an A rating, and none of them an…

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Bitcoin 

Kraken Exchange Acquires Service Provider for Institutional Investors

Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has acquired Interchange, an accounting and portfolio reconciliation service provider for institutional cryptocurrency investors. A press release published on July 31 outlines that the acquisition supports Kraken’s creation of an end-to-end crypto trading and reconciliation platform.  An arsenal of tools for institutional clients As the release outlines, Interchange’s co-founders and crypto veterans Dan Held and Clark Moody have evolved Interchange to serve cryptocurrency hedge funds, asset managers and fund administrators, providing them with specialized tools to monitor and report their crypto holdings and optimize their portfolios. The…

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Bitcoin 

Kraken Installs Crypto OTC Guru as CEO of Bitcoin Futures Platform

United States cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has hired the ex CEO of over-the-counter (OTC) trading platform B2C2 to head its new Bitcoin futures operation. Kevin Beardsley, who previously led the United Kingdom-based company for a year, will now oversee Kraken Futures’ expansion as volumes hit $2.5 billion in June.  Beardsley confirmed the news linking to comments he made to cryptocurrency news outlet The Block.  “Being a pretty wide range of different types of participants, I have a pretty good understanding of what people are looking for and how to meet those…

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Ethereum 

More Tether ‘Reflective’ of Real Dollars Coming Into Bitcoin, Says Kraken CEO

Bitcoin (BTC) is benefitting from inflows of fiat currency as stablecoin Tether (USDT) increases its supply, the CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken told finance news channel TD Ameritrade Network on July 1. In an interview, Jesse Powell took issue with suspicions about tether due to its ongoing legal battle with the New York Attorney General.  “Historically, when you’ve seen growth in the supply of tether, we’ve seen growth in the supply of U.S. dollars coming onto Kraken,” he said.  “…I think what you’re seeing with tether is just a very…

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Bitcoin 

Kraken Raises Over $13 Million In Its Latest Fundraising Round

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has raised over $13 million in financing on online investment platform BnkToTheFuture. Kraken has raised $13.5 million from 2264 investors, surpassing its initial target of $10.2 million purportedly due to popular demand. The fundraising campaign of Kraken — which has over four million clients in nearly 200 countries — is the most successful funding round by individual contributors on BnkToTheFuture. As previously reported, Kraken raised over $6 million in the first day of the campaign from almost 300 investors. On BnkToTheFuture, Kraken describes itself as…

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Bitcoin 

Kraken Paid 250 Salaries to Staff in Bitcoin Last Month, Exchange Tells Critic

Kraken paid 250 salaries to staff in bitcoin (BTC) last month, the crypto exchange revealed in a tweet on May 23. The firm was responding to Peter Schiff, the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, who had claimed “there is no way that people are going to work for salaries paid in bitcoin.” As an aside, Kraken added: “By the way, the employee who took 100% bitcoin in 2012 retired in 2013.” Kraken reportedly employs about 800 people. While this figure suggests about 30% of its workforce are being paid in cryptocurrency, there could…

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Bitcoin 

Kraken $10 Million Equity Sale With BnkToTheFuture Seeks to Democratize Access

United States cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is offering equity to users in a fundraiser that raised over $6 million in its first day, statistics confirmed on May 21. Kraken, which is one of the world’s oldest exchanges, is using Cayman Islands-based platform BnkToTheFuture to offer equity to vetted investors. These, it said in an accompanying marketing email seen by Cointelegraph, can be any Kraken user, subject to a minimum purchase of $1000. At press time, Kraken had raised just over €6.04 million ($6.76 million) from almost 300 investors, taking it to…

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Bitcoin 

Proposed Securities Framework Wrong for Regulating Crypto Exchanges, Argues Kraken

Canadian exchange Kraken has published a paper arguing against proposed regulation of crypto assets by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). The exchange shared its comments in an official twitter post on May 16. Kraken says that the proposed framework considers the contractual arrangement between an exchange and an exchange user as a security. Kraken denies that these contracts constitute securities: “…most reputable exchanges operate as custodians or bailees. As such, the assets are legally owned by the customer and not the…

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Bitcoin 

Following Community Poll, Kraken Delists Bitcoin SV

Major United States cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has decided to delist bitcoin (BTC) offshoot bitcoin SV (BSV), the firm announced on April 16. In an official press release, Kraken said that BSV had “engaged in behavior completely antithetical to everything we at Kraken and the wider crypto community stands for.” As such, the exchange has decided to delist the currency, which was the result of a hard fork in the bitcoin cash (BTC) network last November. The exchange’s decision follows a Twitter poll yesterday, in which it asked the community’s opinion…

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