SEOUL, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) — The average daily transaction amount of cryptocurrencies is skyrocketing on the back of rising investment fever.
The combined transaction amount of the nation’s four major cryptocurrency exchanges totaled 445 trillion won (US$389 billion) during the period from Jan. 1 to Feb. 25, far exceeding last year’s yearly total of 356.2 trillion won, according to data from the Financial Services Commission.
The daily transaction amount averaged 7.9 trillion won during the period, a volume equivalent to 40 percent of the daily transaction amount of the KOSPI market, which averaged 19.8 trillion won during the Feb. 1-10 period.
The four major cryptocurrency exchanges saw the number of users who had traded cryptocurrencies more than once over the past two and a half months reach 1.6 million including redundant members.
At present, the country does not recognize cryptocurrency as a financial product nor a currency, although cryptocurrency business operators are obliged to prevent money laundering practices.
In other words, unlike stocks, derivatives and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, cryptocurrencies remain out of institutional settings.
Although the country will implement a 20 percent tax on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency profits starting from next year, such profits are set to be classified as other income like lottery prizes rather than financial income.
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