Markets Stir After Media Re-Reports S. Korea’s Anonymous Trading Ban, Known Since December

Today, Jan. 23, markets are reacting a second time to news that South Korea will ban anonymous exchanges starting January 30, despite the fact that the information on the planned regulation has been available since late December and reported on since early January.

After the South Korea’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) today announced the date by which the country’s exchanges will be required to allow only ‘real-name’ trading, mainstream publications reported on the known move for a second time, unnecessarily increasing FUD in an already bearish market this week.

The move, which was reportedly initiated to curb speculation, requires that bank accounts used for deposits and withdrawals to virtual currency exchanges have matching, real-name accounts at the exchanges. The regulations will also ban the issuance of new virtual accounts to crypto exchanges.

Not new news

South Korea’s plan to ban anonymous exchange operations is nothing new, today’s announcement merely setting the exact date.

Authorities had announced the ban at the end of December, but had not yet set a concrete date for when the regulations would go into effect. “Establishment of a system for ‘real name verification of deposit and withdrawal accounts’ for settlements will be completed by January 30, 2018,” the FSC documentation released today states…

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