eToro Receives Backlash For Giving Just 4 Hours’ Notice Before Halting Bitcoin Trading

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  • EToro clients were asked to build their margin collateral to 100% via an email forwarded at around 4:40 pm UTC on January 8, 2021
  • The margin trading service shut the agreements of any European crypto broker who didn’t reinforce and comply with the email instructions by 9:00 PM on the same day
  • At the point when the firm brought in the margin exchanges, the clients’ cryptocurrency was consequently changed over into U.S. dollars
  • This comes at a time when Bitcoin’s performance is skyrocketing in the market

eToro, a multi-asset brokerage company, is at the receiving end of major heat from users of the platform due to short-term notice prior to halting trade while Bitcoin trading performs exceptionally.

Bitcoin Trading Peaks While Platform Stops Services 

eToro, an Israeli social trading and multi-resource business organization that centres around providing monetary and copy trading services, temporarily interrupted exchange services on the platform during a period where Bitcoin (BTC) is performing at an All-Time High (ATH) in the market. This report was published by The Wall Street Journal.

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In a widely sent email dated 8th January, the trading platform informed its users at precisely 4:46 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) that they are required to escalate their respective margin collateral to 100% by 9:00 PM of the same day. The users who failed to fall in with this guidance woke up to closed contracts for European traders, and their cryptocurrency was permuted to U.S. dollars. 

eToro Users May Miss Out on Future Profits

A representative of the platform, Amy Butler, mentioned that the users were “in the dark” when the updated positions of margins were declared. This was done in the midst of Bitcoin’s trading value inching closer to the $42,000 value. 

Jurij Toplak, a professor of law at Fordham University, suggested that eToro users are likely to face increased losses in the coming future, considering that BTC may reach $70,000. This will indefinitely cause ramifications for traders in terms of inaccessibility to remarkable profits. 

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Different merchants have stressed the likely repercussions of eToro’s abrupt announcement choice. Twitter has been flooded with reactions, including eToro users like Phill Gallagher, who professed to have been notified about the email guidance related to margin trading at around 2:30 AM. He shared that this notice creates a major assessment issue, which might have been dealt with a longer-period notification. Calling it exceptionally unprofessional, he said that he will have to look for another exchange platform.

Around the same time, the platform briefly quadrupled the minimum deposit prerequisites, justifying this decision by mentioning “remarkable interest” for its administrative services from new clients. eToro, as of late, professed to have collected 200,000 new record recruits in the principal seven day stretch of January, driving day by day crypto volumes surpassing 2020’s average numbers by an excess of 10 times.

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Ritika Sharma
Ritika Kumari Sharma is an Economics Honors graduate from the University of Calcutta. She is completely into finance and believes that cryptocurrencies are the future. She is an enthusiast learner about the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.

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