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Company

Kraken is a United States-based cryptocurrency exchange and bank, founded in 2011. The exchange provides trading between cryptocurrency and fiat currencies, and provides price information to Bloomberg Terminal.

Investors

Kraken is backed by investors including, Money Partners Group, Hummingbird Ventures, Blockchain Capital, and Digital Currency Group, among others.

Key metrics

  • 9+ million customers across 60 countries [Apr 2022]
  • 1800+ employees
  • Ranked #4 amongst top cryptocurrency spot exchanges on CoinMarketCap (Nov 2021)

Major developments

  • Licenced by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to operate a regulated virtual asset exchange platform in the financial free zone [Apr 2022]
    • first global virtual assets exchange group in the United Arab Emirates to receive a full financial licence from the ADGM
  • Kraken Acquires Staking Platform Staked [Dec 2021]
    • Staked enables investors in proof-of-stake networks to easily and securely compound their holdings
    • acquisition enables a non-custodial alternative to the company’s existing custodial staking service.
    • market cap of the top 30 proof-of-stake assets reached an all-time high of $594 billion during the Q3 2021, according to a report by Staked.

Presence in Singapore

Unknown. Positions available on LinkedIn for Singapore are all remote positions.

Their LinkedIn page indicates presence in the following cities:

  • San Francisco (Headquarters)
  • London
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Tokyo
  • Melbourne

Regulation by Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)

Kraken (PAYWARD PTE. LTD.) was previously granted an exemption from holding a licence under the Payment Services Act (“PS Act”) for “Providing digital payment token service”, but is currently no longer exempt.

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Ecosystem

Cryptowatch

Trade multiple crypto exchanges from a single platform

Cryptowatch is a Kraken-owned premium trading terminal that provides real-time cryptocurrency market data, charting and trading services for over 25 cryptocurrency exchanges.

Check out the list of supported exchanges and how to connect to them.

Kraken Earn

Staking

Kraken supports staking of crypto assets to earn interest.

Benefits of On-chain staking on Kraken versus staking on other platforms:

  • Start earning rewards instantly β€” no waiting or bonding periods (other than ETH2)
  • Payouts twice a week
    • ADA, ETH, FLOW and SOL will payout weekly.
  • One of the highest returns in the industry
  • Stake your assets in just three clicks from your Kraken balances
  • Instant un-staking
    • Only FLOW.S can be unstaked by Kraken clients whilst FLOWH.S will be unstaked automatically by Kraken as it periodically becomes available for unstaking on the network.

Parachain Auctions

Short 1 minute video on how to earn by taking part in Parachain Auctions on Kraken.

If you are interested in the technical details of Parachain Auctions, you can watch the following video (~40 minutes):

If you prefer to read, visit: https://www.kraken.com/learn/parachain-auctions

Trading platforms

  • Android
  • iOS
  • Web

βœ”οΈ Unique Selling Proposition (USP)

Proof-of-Reserves Audit

Trust through Transparency

Kraken holds full reserves, and employs an independent, cryptographically-verified audit in order to prove to third parties, including customers, that customer funds are properly held.

Learn more:

Security of Funds

95% of all deposits are kept in offline, air-gapped, geographically distributed cold storage.

Usage Notes and Tips

Account Onboarding

Error popup during KYC Process

I encountered an error popup saying ‘processing failed’ on Kraken’s website after uploading my ID during the KYC process. Nevertheless, after ~20 minutes, I received an email saying my account has been verified.