China Bank Pressure Influences Latest OKCoin Service Upgrade

Bitcoin exchange OKCoin has announced the suspension of its P2P margin trading services as part of a site upgrade.

May 7, 2014 at 7:20 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 10:44 a.m. UTC

Major China-based bitcoin exchange OKCoin has announced that it will halt peer-to-peer margin trading services for its domestic customers on 10th May.

The official release indicates that, after 10th May, users who have outstanding loans on the platform will be able to repay these extensions before their due date or expiration date, while new users will be unable to access the service.

Zane Tackett, OKCoin's Manager of Foreign Operations, told CoinDesk that the move is part of a previously planned process to upgrade its P2P margin trading system, and that the halt was necessary for this transition to take affect.

Perhaps most notably, one part of the process suggests that OKCoin is also being careful to ensure it complies with the tighter policy restrictions currently being enforced by the People's Bank of China (PBOC), the country's central bank, during the transition.

"Once finished, our customers will be able to sign a contract acknowledging the risks associated with using a margin trading system allowing them access to this service," Tackett said, adding:

"We fear that new users might not have an adequate understanding of the risks or how to safely use margin trading and that this may result in the loss of their funds."

On 6th May, OKCoin pledged, together with four other major China-based exchanges, to promote greater transparency in its business practices.

This declaration, however, was perhaps overshadowed by the announcement that OKCoin CEO Star Xu would cancel a planned appearance at this weekend's Global Bitcoin Summit.

How OKCoin's margin trading works

OKCoin offers a range of leverage in its peer-to-peer margin trading service depending on the status of the user – VIP members are allowed access to more advanced service capabilities than regular service users.

Those who take out loans on the service choose their desired interest rate, receiving at minimum the requested amount. For example, a lender who wanted to extend a loan at a 1.5% interest rate, but found that the lowest open borrow order was at 2%, would place the loan at the level.

OKCoin also keeps in place a risk management system in case of sudden market changes that automatically generates the sale of a borrower's coins at the market rate and ensures the lender's original investment.

Increasing risk awareness

OKCoin's decision to increase investor awareness as part of the service stop is indicative of a new approach being implemented at major China-based exchanges, which have seen the loss of key banking partners in recent weeks.

In addition to reaffirming its commitment to investor awareness, OKCoin also pledged to curb excessive speculation and protect investors, pay a flat fee for high-frequency trades, and report the latest industry developments to authorities.

Huobi, BTC China, BtcTrade and CHBTC also signed on to the pledge.

For more on that announcement and its implications on the Chinese market, read our full report.

Image via OKCoin

The Festival for the Decentralized World
Thursday - Sunday, June 9-12, 2022
Austin, Texas
Save a Seat Now

DISCLOSURE

Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Trending

1
CoinDesk - Unknown
Sequoia's Guide to Surviving the 2022 Bear Market

Venture capitalists have gotten increasingly frantic over the last few months.

Venture capitalists have gotten increasingly frantic over the last few months.

CoinDesk - Unknown
2
CoinDesk - Unknown
NFT Art Museums Are a Good Idea

The metaverse turns galleries global, and helps fund the arts. This article is part of “Metaverse Week."

The metaverse turns galleries global, and helps fund the arts. This article is part of “Metaverse Week."

CoinDesk - Unknown
3
CoinDesk - Unknown
How the US Can Establish Itself as a Crypto Leader

Regulators have an opportunity to map out thoughtful, strategic policy on stablecoins and beyond.

Regulators have an opportunity to map out thoughtful, strategic policy on stablecoins and beyond.

CoinDesk - Unknown
4
CoinDesk - Unknown
No, the UK Is Not Going to Make USDC and USDT Legal Tender

For “legalize” read “regulate.”

For “legalize” read “regulate.”

CoinDesk - Unknown