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PBOC to ‘Continue Focus’ on Exchanges as Volumes Plummet

· January 25, 2017 · 7:00 am

Bitcoin’s price dropped slightly after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) published a summary of its findings after inspecting major Chinese exchanges.


PBoC: ‘Continued Focus’ on Exchange Activities

“According to the initial inspection and the problems found, the inspection group decided to continue to focus on payment and settlement, anti-money laundering, foreign exchange management, information and financial security and other aspects of further inspection,” the translated statement reads.

Investigators suggested that investors should pay attention to Bitcoin platform transactions, such as legal compliance, market volatility, financial security and other risks, careful participation in Bitcoin investment activities.

The Bitcoin price had remained largely unfazed as new Chinese exchange fees caused trading volumes to crash by over 90% in 24 hours.

Following reported criticism by a regulatory inspectorate last week, major Chinese exchanges BTCC, Okcoin and Huobi all implemented a 0.2% trading fee Monday to “curb manipulation and extreme volatility,” as BTCC described it.

The move hit China’s giant automated trading market, which had previously enjoyed zero-fee transactions.

Figures now show that for all three exchanges, trading has decreased in volume by roughly 90%.

Far from causing panic, many are suggesting the move will remove volatility from Bitcoin’s price for good, given that China’s toll-free environment had previously comprised up to 98% of trading.

While mainstream media attempted to spread its oft-quoted doom and gloom, BTCC COO Samson Mow said the publicity was simply “good for Bitcoin.”

Former Bitcoin Foundation Director Jon Matonis added that Chinese exchanges had effectively “taken one for the team,” however, echoing comments by a local Bitcoin hedge fund owner that they were “cutting off their aim to stay alive.”

Japan Overtakes China

Commentators on social media continued the positive speculation, citing “organic growth” and less manipulation making Bitcoin more appealing for wary investors in the long term.

These could potentially include instruments such as Bitcoin ETFs, the first of which has spent three years awaiting US regulatory approval and is still considered by analysts to have slim chances of slipping through the net.

Meanwhile, statistics are providing interesting reading in terms of how the Bitcoin trading landscape could look in the future. As Bitcoinist reported previously, Japan’s exchange scene had reached the number two spot prior to the Chinese drop, and volumes in the country are now topping global charts, beating even the US.

What do you think about the People’s Bank of China’s latest announcement and the impact of lower Chinese trading volumes? Let us know in the comments below!


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LocalBitcoins Volume In South Africa Shows 50-fold Growth In One Year

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The concept of Bitcoin has been attracting attention from all over the world in recent years. Digital currency provides a way to achieve financial freedom regardless of one’s location or access to existing services and platforms. South Africa seems to be taking a serious liking to Bitcoin in recent weeks, as the LocalBitcoins trading volume keeps spiking week over week.

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South Africa Goes Through Financial Turmoil

Historically speaking, the increase in trading volume on LocalBitcoins in South Africa has been taking place since April of 2015. Even though a small increase is nothing to make note of these days, the volume has been steadily increasing ever since that time. Or to be more precise, the LocalBitcoins volume has grown by almost 5,000 percent in the past eleven months.

Financial trouble has been brewing in South Africa for quite some time now, as the country has gone through no less than three different finance ministers in less than a week in December of 2015. Even though Pravin Gordhan had served as a finance minister from 2009 to 2014, his appointment at the end of 2015 was a drastic move to put investors’ minds at ease.

The previous finance ministers between the end of 2014 and December 2015 have been able to reign in state spending, which was a cause for great joy among South African citizens. However, the South African Rand fell to record lows during this same period, part of which could be blamed on the increasing USD value.

A weak Rand is creating financial instability in the country, forcing residents and investors to look for other options. Bitcoin seems to prevent the answer to the problem, as this popular digital currency is available to anyone in the world, without oversight from banks or governments.

However, obtaining Bitcoin can be a bit of a problem for novice users. Luckily, there are platforms like LocalBitcoins, which connects buyers and sellers of digital currency with each other. Unlike traditional Bitcoin exchanges, LocalBitcoins will not touch customer funds at any step along the way, as they just act as a platform to connect interested parties and create a reputation system for individual users.

LocalBitcoins Usage On The Rise

It should come as no surprise to find out the Bitcoin volume against the South African Rand is seeing a healthy boost on LocalBitcoins. The transaction volume has been increasing month over month since April of 2015, and business has seriously picked up as of November of last year. This surge in Bitcoin volume appeared around the same time the country when through three ministers of finance, so there might be a correlation there.

At the time of publication, LocalBitcoins reached a weekly volume of 12 million South African Rand in the past week. This is quite an increase compared to the last week of February in 2015, as the volume then was sitting at 251,254 Rand. To put this into numbers people can relate to, the LocalBitcoins volume in ZAR increased from US$16,624.66 per week to US$746,240.43 in less than one year.

What are your thoughts on this major LocalBitcoins trading volume in South Africa? Will this trend continue? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Coin Dance

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LocalBitcoins Volume In South Africa Shows 50-fold Growth In One Year

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