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How to buy Balancer in Belgium
Is BAL a good investment in Belgium?
Balancer (BAL) was introduced to the crypto market in June 2020, initially trading at $20 USD. However, its value declined to below $10 by mid July and recovered to over $10 by the end of the month. In August, prices rose to near $30 before experiencing a 42% drop to $17 and eventually reaching a high of $38.50 in September. Despite reaching almost $19 in November, Balancer ended the year at $13.74. The following year, Balancer's prices rose, doubling in January and reaching a peak of $58 in February. The next few months saw significant price fluctuations, reaching highs of $67 and $73 in March and April, respectively, followed by drops of over 30%. Balancer hit its all-time high of $76.68 on May 4, 2021, showing year-to-date gains of 460%. At that time, its market cap was around $500 million, outperforming 62% of the top 100 crypto assets in just one year. The year 2022 was bearish for most of the crypto market as many crypto tokens experienced drastic falls, BAL too was not an exception. It ended 2022 on around $5.3 mark and started to rise as 2023 started ranging from 6 to 7 USD early on 2023. The price predictions for this cryptocurrency token have forecasted an average of $22.59 USD for BAL in 2025 and a promising average value of $140.69 USD by the year 2030. But please bear in mind that this is by no means a buying signal or a financial advice. We strongly advise you to seek further information from crypto market experts and study the movements of the market before deciding to invest in Balancer tokens or any cryptocurrency tokens at all.
What is Balancer ?
Balancer is an automated market maker and decentralized exchange platform that was launched in March 2020 on the Ethereum blockchain network. This platform is designed as an open and accessible alternative to centralized exchanges and allows users to trade Ethereum (ETH) and assets based on the ERC-20 standard in a trustless and permissionless environment. An automated market maker is a decentralized exchange that uses a mathematical formula to price assets. In other words, unlike traditional exchanges that use an order book and bid/ask system, in automatic market makers, asset prices are determined based on a price algorithm.
Balancer allows users to exchange supported tokens, create a liquidity pool in order to add liquidity to the balancer protocol, and also invest in existing pools for yield farming of transactions. The Balancer cryptocurrency network has been developing since 2018 and its bronze version was launched in 2020. Since then, Balancer has become one of the top 15 decentralized exchange platforms on the Ethereum network in terms of transaction volume and one of the top 10 largest decentralized applications (DApps) running on the Ethereum network in terms of total asset value locked.
For more information about this cryptocurrency, check out Balancer official website.
Is Balancer legal to buy in Belgium?
Yes. According to the press release by Belgium’s Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) and the National Bank of Belgium (NBB), and the definition of virtual money offered by FSMA, cryptocurrencies are popular digital investments that can be traded and sometimes can be used as means of payments but since they are not recognized as legal tender, they are not widely accepted like money. According to the mentioned press release, FMA and NBB state that crypto currencies can be bought and sold like assets and stock.
Is Balancer taxed in Belgium
Yes. According to the Belgian Tax Code cryptocurrency gains are either subject to professional income tax (in accordance to Article 23 of Income Tax Code) or miscellaneous income (Article 90, 1° of Income Tax Code).
According to the Article 23 of above-mentioned Income Tax Code, if a person's professional occupation is trading cryptocurrencies, the profits generated from this occupation will be taxed as professional income, and will therefore be subject to the progressive tax rates that range between 25 and 50 percent in Belgium.
According to the Article 90, 1° of above-mentioned Income Tax Code, if a Belgian individual earns gains on cryptocurrency transactions not as a professional activity, they will benefit from a tax exemption on those gains, but only on condition that the transaction is realized within the boundaries of the normal management of their private wealth. According to the same Article 90, 1° of Income Tax Code, if an individual makes transactions in a very short timeframe by repeatedly selling at a high point and buying at a low point, they will be accounted as a trader. The trader is not engaged professionally, but these types of transactions will fall outside the normal management of private assets and are accounted as speculative capital gains and will be taxed at a flat rate of 33%.
After you've bought Balancer in Belgium
Balancer (BAL) is used as a governance token to give holders the power to propose and vote on changes to the Balancer protocol. BAL is also used to pay for transaction fees on the platform, provide liquidity to pools, and access premium features. Additionally, BAL can be used as an investment and as a means of payment or as a trading asset with its value increasing based on supply and demand dynamics in the market.
Who can buy Balancer in Belgium?
Anyone. Owning cryptocurrency is possible in Belgium by the assistance of different cryptocurrency exchanges. You can use several payment services accessible in Belgium in order to buy, trade, sell and manage your crypto assets. Such services include Apple pay, Google pay, Credit Card, Debit Card, Bank Transfer and PayPal. But note that for you to be able to use these services, your chosen exchange must offer payment through these services. Our exchange provides fast and secure transactions by the mentioned services and is free of charge for crypto transactions in Belgium.
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Frequently asked questions
The Balancer (BAL) project is significant in the decentralized finance (DeFi) space as it provides a solution for automated portfolio management and liquidity provision. The Balancer protocol allows users to create and manage multi-asset pools that can be traded on the platform, providing increased liquidity and reducing the need for manual rebalancing. Additionally, the BAL token is used as a governance token, allowing token holders to participate in decision making for protocol upgrades and changes. The Balancer project has been praised for its user-friendly interface and the potential to improve the efficiency and accessibility of DeFi. Overall, the Balancer project is significant in the DeFi space as it provides a solution for better asset management and adds to the growth and development of the decentralized finance ecosystem. These factors can all contribute to its added value over time. please note that this is not a financial advice.
No. According to the European Court of Justice, in case C-264/14, virtual money is considered currency, which means, according to article 44, §3, 9° of the VAT Code, the purchase or sale of a cryptocurrency is VAT exempt.
In Belgium, the Federal Public Service of Finance offers conciliation service, through which they will examine your assets in accordance with federal tax authorities’ perspective. This helps to avoid a long and costly procedure, with an uncertain outcome, since this is a free and official service.
There is no official minimum amount to buy Balancer (BAL) tokens. The minimum order size required to buy BAL tokens in accordance to our exchange’s terms and conditions would be $10 USD.
It is estimated that 1.98% of Belgium’s population, which is about 230,693 people, own some form of crypto assets in their possession
To keep your BAL crypto investment safe, you should follow these best practices: 1. Use a hardware wallet or a software wallet that provides robust security features to store your BAL tokens. 2. Enable 2FA on your wallet or exchange account to add an extra layer of security to your investment. 3. Regularly update your wallet software to ensure you have the latest security features and patches. 4. Store backup copies of your seed phrase or private key in a safe place to protect against loss or theft. In addition to external wallets, our exchange also has an internal wallet for you to store your cryptocurrency tokens after purchase. A key benefit of using the wallet on our platform is that if you aim to buy and sell your BAL cryptocurrency on our exchange, the speed of the transaction will be quicker when using the internal wallet.