eToro Cash Splash, Binance UK OK, ASIC Focus, Bitcoin: Editor’s Pick

ICYMI: the biggest news stories of the week.

Despite the Summer holidays being in full swing, it was a busy week in the Finance Magnates newsroom. Let’s take a look back at the news stories that dominated the worlds of forex, fintech and crypto in our best of the week segment.

Former Manchester United Player Charged with Crypto Money Laundering

Whilst much of the football world is lauding the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United, a former teammate of his is not faring so well.

Anderson, a former Brazilian football team and Manchester United Player, has been charged for allegedly being involved in a crypto money-laundering scheme.

According to Globo, the retired midfielder was investigated by a court in Brazil after suspicions of his participation with seven other people on a R$35 million ($6.5 million) money-laundering operation via cryptocurrencies.

Read more on the Anderson crypto money laundering charges here.

Australians Lose More than $70 Million to Investment Scams in H1 2021

They call Australia the lucky country, but when it comes to investment scams Australians do not appear to be so lucky.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), a competition regulator in Australia, recently published a report about the bogus investment opportunities in Australia and highlighted an alarming surge in the overall losses due to investment scams.

According to the report, residents of Australia lost over $70 million to fraudulent investment schemes during the first half of 2021. Data from Scamwatch shows a 53.4 percent surge in reports about investment scams received in H1 of 2021. Scamwatch received 4,763 reports in the first six months of 2021, compared to 3,104 in H1 of 2020.

Additionally, ACCC highlighted that the projected losses are set to cross the level of $140 million by the end of this year. Cryptocurrency trading scams accounted for more than 50% of the total losses in the first half of 2021.

Read more on Australian Investment Scams here.

ASIC Mulls to Restrict Payment for Order Flow Model

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), financial markets regulator in the country, proposed on Wednesday further restrictions on the practice of the controversial payment for order flow (PFOF) model with an amendment of the market rules.

According to the Aussie watchdog, its existing market rules ‘do not deal with certain payment-for-order-flow scenarios such as arrangements between non-market participant intermediaries,’ and it is intending to fill this regulatory gap.

Read more on the ASIC PFOF proposals here.

ASIC Prioritizes Monitoring of CFDs and Binary Options Compliances

Just 24 hours after the PFOF statement, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) published on Thursday its four-year corporate plan for 2021 to 2025, outlining its priorities on the distribution of retail over-the-counter derivatives, especially on contracts for difference (CFDs) and binary options.

The regulator pointed out three key actions on its intervention in the retail OTC derivatives industry. First, it will ‘monitor compliance with the contracts for difference and binary options product intervention orders’.

Read more on the ASIC four-year plan here.

UK Regulator Said Crypto Exchange Binance Is Now Compliant

The UK financial markets regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said on Wednesday that Binance Markets Limited, a subsidiary of the wider Binance Group, has complied with all the local regulatory requirements.

Read more on the UK FCA Binance Markets Ltd OK here.

eToro’s Net Trading Income Reaches $291 Million in Q2 2021

eToro released its interim financial results this week for the quarter ended 30 June 2021. The financial services provider reported strong growth in net trading income and registered users during Q2 of 2021.

According to the results, eToro’s total commission in the second quarter of 2021 reached $362 million, which is 125% higher compared to the same period in 2020. In addition, the broker reported a net trading income of $291 million, which is up 136% compared to Q2 of 2020.

In the latest quarter, eToro saw significant growth in newly registered users and funded accounts. The company highlighted that the cryptocurrency products drove its total commission in the second quarter of 2021.

The broker reported 2.6 million new registered users in Q2 of 2021, which is 121% higher compared to the same period in 2020.

Read more on the eToro Q2 Results here.

eToro Becomes Sponsor of British Football Club Aston Villa

In the same week that eToro announced its income increases, the multi-asset, and multi-regulated broker announced two further football sponsorship agreements.

The company has further strengthened its brand presence on the football field with the latest sponsorship deal with Aston Villa, a Birmingham-based football club.

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Under the partnership between the two, announced on Thursday, eToro will be able to market its brand using the matchday LED boards and media backdrops. Additionally, it will get promotional opportunities on the ticketing section and receive digital rights.

Read more on the eToro Aston Villa Sponsorship here.

eToro Bolsters Premier League Presence with Newcastle United Sponsorship

Having already partnered with an array of top football clubs, including AS Monaco, CFR 1907 Cluj, SK Slavia Prague, RB Leipzig and Aston Villa, eToro added another team to its impressive roster: Newcastle United.

Though the official announcement on Thursday termed the deal, as a new one, the brokerage and the football club already had a similar deal that they had signed in August 2018. Then, Newcastle United was a part of a seven club group with which eToro inked commercial partnerships and made headlines for paying for them in Bitcoin.

Read more on the eToro Newcastle United sponsorship deal here.

Coinbase Faces ‘Thousands’ of Complaints about Its Customer Support Service

Coinbase, the largest US-based cryptocurrency exchange, is under controversy after a report was published in a media outlet that collected thousands of customer complaints.

According to CNBC, interviews with the customers revealed that account takeovers were the most reported issues due to alleged low-quality customer service from the firm.

Read more on the Coinbase complaints report here.

PayPal Introduces Its Cryptocurrency Services in the UK

PayPal, the US-based payments giant, has become the latest company to expand its cryptocurrency services outside the US market.

The recent announcement from PayPal states that the company’s cryptocurrency services are now available for its UK-based customers. PayPal users in the UK can now buy, hold and sell different cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

PayPal outlined that the recent launch of the company’s crypto services in the UK is its first expansion outside the US market. Users can now buy cryptocurrency assets for as little as £1. The recent announcement from PayPal came nearly one month after the company raised its weekly cryptocurrency purchase limit to $100,000 for eligible customers in the US.

Read more on PayPal Crypto UK Services here.

I Own Ethereum Directly, Says Jim Cramer

Jim Cramer, a former hedge fund manager and host of CNBC’s Mad Money, this week expressed his views about Ethereum and revealed that he is currently holding the world’s second-most valuable digital currency.

Cramer mentioned that investors should invest approximately 5% of their investment portfolios in cryptocurrency assets. The latest statement from Cramer came nearly two months after the former hedge fund manager announced the selling of his entire Bitcoin holdings.

Read more on Jim Cramer on Ethereum here.

Exclusive: TIOMarkets to Introduce 4-Day Work Week for Cypriot Staff

As revealed exclusively by Finance Magnates this week, TIOMarkets, a forex and CFDs broker with global operations, is implementing a 4-day working week structure for the staff in its Cyprus office, effective from September 2021.

By doing this, TIOMarkets has most likely become the only broker to allow its staff to work only four days a week.

Additionally, the broker clarified that there will be no change or reduction in compensation or annual leave of the staff.

“A motivated staff-base is what enables our company to grow,” TIOMarkets Group CEO said.

Read more on the TIOMarkets 4-day week here.

Bitcoin Whale Address Transfers 6,000 BTC from Binance

Bitcoin (BTC), the world’s most valuable digital currency, is currently enjoying a significant bull run as the price of BTC has increased by more than 50% in the last 4 weeks.

As Finance Magnates reported this week, nearly $292 million worth of Bitcoin was moved from digital exchange Binance to crypto wallet Xapo on 25 August 2021.

According to the recent data posted by Whale Alert, a Bitcoin millionaire address transferred 6,000 BTC from Binance.

Read more on the Bitcoin whales here.

 

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