UpTrader CEO Vasily Alexeev on cryptocurrency ban in Russia
Central Bank of Russia and state financial watchdog Rosfinmonitoring are preparing an initiative to ban cryptocurrencies as a means of payment in Russia. In a conversation with Deventer.org, Uptrader CEO Vasily Alexeev talked about the possible ramifications of the new legislation for fintech companies and cryptocurrency holders.
If the matter goes beyond words, this bill may join the list of other legislative initiatives of recent years that are strict, yet technically unfeasible.
Currently, all cryptocurrency transactions are already conducted in the informal economy: they cannot possibly be taxed since Russian law doesn’t recognize cryptocurrency as an asset. Moreover, it’s fundamentally impossible to learn who, when, and what for made a payment in Bitcoin, not to mention who owns what wallet.
It’s important to understand that to create a cryptocurrency wallet, it’s enough to generate 12 random words using special software. Access details to such a wallet exist only in your head, and no one can prove that you have them, while you still can receive funds and, if necessary, send them using these 12 words.
Right now, Russian companies operating within the legal framework that accept cryptocurrency do it through foreign intermediaries who receive cryptocurrency on their wallets and sent fiat money to the companies. In all likelihood, this arrangement will remain legal.
And even if the bill is worded in such a way as to ban this, it would hardly be a devastating blow for these companies, since in this case, they lose only a small fraction of their payments. Companies that cannot operate legally are a different matter: for instance, online casinos, or pirated content websites. Cryptocurrency payments may make up a substantial part of their income. However, they already have nothing to lose: breaking one more law won’t change anything.
For online companies, business has long stopped being about providing a local service for clients from a particular city or country. A successfully launched business cannot stay locked in one region for long, and if the owner thinks globally, they will act the same way. The main task of an international online business is to accept local payments. For example, in Indonesia, Help2Pay or Fasapay are popular payment systems, while in Namibia, only banks transfers are in use and they need banks details much more than they need payment systems. The more systems are integrated into your CRM, the more clients from different countries will be able to buy your service.
There are some companies on the market which provide payment management systems for CRMs. All you have to do is pay for a subscription, and the payment management module will be fully integrated into your CRM. The fee, however, may be quite high. UpTrader also provides this module, and it is already integrated into our CRM along with ready-to-use payment systems. We do not charge separately for it.
We have already integrated more than 50 payment systems into our CRM, and new ones are being added all the time.
UpTrader Pay settings
The module was tailored to the demands of Forex brokers, so it has a wide range of options. So, for your clients’ convenience, you can:
1. Set a country filter.
For example, you work with clients from Indonesia, South Africa, and Germany. You have more than 50 payment systems. Not all of them work for these clients. To avoid confusion, you can only show them options available in their country. UpTrader Pay lets you change the visibility settings to only show certain payment systems for customers registered in a particular country.
2. Set a rule for new and old clients.
For example, you work with payment systems that require meeting certain criteria for clients, such as successful KYC. Therefore you can set such a rule to show new clients certain payment systems that accept new clients but charge high commissions. As well you can show another bunch of payment systems for old clients with lower commicions.
3. Visa and Mastercard.
Only show Visa and Mastercard and automatically substitute payment systems depending on the country.
4. Set a filter by registration date.
For some companies, client registration date is important. For example, you would like to give a bonus to new clients, a commission refund or a deposit bonus when depositing through a certain payment system. You can set up this payment system to be visible only to clients with a certain registration date.
UpTrader Payment Management Value-adds
- No monthly fee
- More than 50 payment systems already integrated
- New payment system integration in 2 weeks
- Free integration of one payment system per month
- Country, deposit, registration date settings
- Fully integrated into UpTrader CRM
- User-friendly interface
We won't say much about why bonuses are so popular. The interest in them never fades. Every new broker launches some kind of a bonus system.
In UpTrader CRM, there are four types of ready-to-use bonuses: % on deposit, welcome bonus, % on balance, or monthly interest, and manual bonus. The settings for each of them allow you the flexibility to make them work for you.
There are 4 bonus types you can set up right away in UpTrader Forex CRM:
% on deposit
Deposit bonus is the most popular bonus type, since it is designed to encourage those who deposit the account. Everybody wins: the client does because they receive more benefits and trading opportunities, and the broker wins because they land a client who is truly ready to trade. Usually, the broker settles on the conditions and the bonus amount, for example, +50% to the deposit amount when depositing from $50 to $10,000. In the “conversion” field, the broker can specify the conditions under which the bonus funds can be converted to cash and become available for withdrawal.
A monthly interest bonus has also gained popularity because it helps build loyalty and encourages clients to stay with the broker longer and to keep more money in their accounts since it becomes more profitable to do that. For example, a broker can set a required minimum account balance for a certain day of the month. If the requirement is met, a client receives a bonus on the balance. The conditions for cashing the bonus are also set in the CRM.
The main rule for this bonus is that a client can only receive it once.A welcome bonus is a popular way to generate traffic. The best way to attract a lot of cheap traffic is to offer free money. But can you turn that traffic into clients? That remains to be seen.
The superpower of a manual bonus means that you can give it just like that. If a manager wants to give out a bonus, they can do it without setting any conditions. This is a very handy sales tool which often helps in the moment.
For each bonus, you can specify description and condition fields. Create your own conditions for bonus programs using our settings!
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The main disadvantage of accepting payments in cryptocurrency is the lack of familiar interface. When paying by card or through a popular EPS (electronic payment systems), no special skills are required to transfer money, all the fields are familiar, processes are automated, crediting is predictable. Cryptocurrency payment is not a mass method yet, and often such payments are made manually, which is inconvenient both for clients and for the company.
The manual way of accepting cryptocurrency payments from brokers’ clients looks something like this:
1) A broker manually creates a payment system in the CRM and specifies in the description an address to which cryptocurrency needs to be transferred.
2) Before transferring money to the broker's wallet, clients need to create a request through this payment system in the CRM.
3) To process these requests, the broker needs to manually open their crypto wallet, check which of these requests are paid and for what amount, because clients can create a request for one amount but actually transfer another one. If the amounts are incorrect, the broker needs to correct them in the requests and then mark the requests as processed or failed (if the money was not transferred).
There are two problems with such a process: manual work and difficulty identifying payments. If a broker has a lot of clients, there can easily be a situation where, say, 2 clients created a $1,000 request around the same time, and only one $1,000 payment came in. It is impossible to identify which client sent that amount, you would have to contact the client to find out.
Manual control inevitably leads to human error, and more often than not such errors amount to more than one thousand dollars. On top of that, as we know, cryptocurrency transactions cannot be undone or disputed.
UpTrader offers its clients to automate cryptocurrency payment acceptance with a crypto gateway. Crypto gateway is a civilised automated way of making cryptopayments with a user-friendly interface that eliminates human error, simplifies the finance department’s work and client transfers.
How UpTrader's crypto gateway works:
1) UpTrader’s crypto gateway has a simple API and easily integrates into any CRM.
2) A unique wallet is created for and associated with each CRM client who requests a crypto deposit. That is, only this client gets this wallet, and the wallet remains the same between different requests, so that the client does not get confused.
3) After that, our crypto gateway traces when money arrives to this wallet and sends data about incoming payments to the CRM which automatically processes requests and corrects amounts.
If cryptocurrency payments happen from time to time in your company and you anticipate an increase in them, take care of automation in advance in order not to run into problems in the future.
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