Why the crypto industry needs regulation and what else keeps it from growing
Some market participants believe that the crypto industry can reach its full potential only if there are regulations and rules that guarantee stability and safety for investors. Experts from the International Monetary Fund are of the same opinion. Let’s find out if this is true and what else prevents the industry from developing. Why does the crypto industry need regulation?
Why it is important to regulate the crypto industry
Lack of regulation means lack of clear standards. This makes developing cryptocurrency as a means of payment much more difficult. Even if many companies decide to accept payments in bitcoin, Ethereum, or another coin, the high volatility will make financial planning impossible and revenue unpredictable.
SEC and cryptocurrencies: the role of the SEC
The SEC is trying to regulate the industry, but it seems extremely disjointed and inconsistent in its actions, which should give users more certainty. Also, the chosen method of regulation is not enshrined in clear policy guidance. This means that participants in the crypto industry can expect literally anything from the SEC.
A unified approach to regulation
Many countries are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, but their actions seem disjointed. This makes life very difficult for ordinary users and institutional investors – they have to understand the regulations of different countries in order not to break the law.
To maximize the potential of the crypto industry, regulations need to be standardized. This will allow people around the world to work by the same standards and give a clear idea of what is allowed and what is not.
We need scenarios for cryptocurrency use
For cryptocurrencies to really flourish, they need to find uses in everyday life. This will provide stable demand and probably make the market less volatile. As an example, using tokens for cross-border payments is a slow and expensive method of payment at the moment because it requires the conversion of one fiat currency to another. Digital currencies could be a faster and cheaper alternative in the future.
Conflict of interest
Government officials fear the decentralized nature of digital assets will make it harder to control the movement of capital and reduce tax revenue. Banks, on the other hand, are afraid of losing their role as an intermediary in financial transactions, and, with it, most of their profits.
Another problem is that many people see the crypto industry as a potential haven for criminals. This perception can lead to serious resistance from the banking industry and central governments, which rely on laws and regulations to protect consumers and prevent financial crime.
We previously reported on Robert Kiyosaki’s bitcoin rate prediction.
Cryptotraders lost more than $250,000,000 in liquidations after Fed rate hike
Cryptotraders had a tough day: almost 68,000 positions were liquidated on exchanges in the last 24 hours, and the total volume of liquidations exceeded $257,000,000. All this happened against the news of the US Federal Reserve’s rate hike and another Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory action against cryptocurrencies.
Cryptotraders lost $132,000,000 in BTC
Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple were the leaders in the number of forcibly closed positions. BTC liquidations totaled almost $132,000,000; Ethereum traders lost $51,000,000. XRP positions accounted for about $8,000,000 of liquidations. Bitmex exchange executed the largest order of $7.39,000,000.
Cryptocurrency market capitalization has declined 2% in the last 24 hours, but is still above the $1 trillion mark.
The weekly CoinShares report also recorded a massive outflow of funds for six consecutive weeks. During that period, nearly $500,000,000 was withdrawn from cryptocurrency platforms, with $113,000,000 coming from bitcoin. Analysts at the company believe the outflow is due to liquidity needs during the banking crisis rather than a negative outlook. The company mentions that a similar scenario was seen in March 2020 amid a COVID-19-induced panic.
Regulators continue to hunt the cryptobusiness
Another reason for the increased volatility in the market has been harsh action from U.S. regulators. Last night it became known that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued cryptomagnate Justin Sun, accusing him of fraud and market manipulation.
The SEC also issued a notice of wrongdoing against Coinbase, the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange. The securities regulator sued Coinbase Global Inc, for some of the products it offers.
We previously reported that Bitcoin (BTC) tests $28,000, but onchain metrics urge caution.
Binance was caught circumventing KYC to register Chinese clients
Employees of the cryptocurrency exchange Binance help clients from China to bypass compliance and verification. CNBC writes about it, citing hundreds of corporate emails from exchange employees on Discord and Telegram. It is reported that Binance has helped over 200,000 users register, bypassing its own security system. One case describes correspondence between a user from China and a Binance employee.
The employee under the pseudonym yaya.z suggested the user from China turn on a VPN, register as a Taiwanese resident and then return the location to China. Binance employees also advise customers not to use VPN services from the U.S., Hong Kong and Singapore, because the exchange does not provide services in those regions, writes CNBC. At the same time, Binance freely processes applications from U.S. email providers like Gmail or Outlook for registration.
The exchange even offers specialized mobile applications for customers from China. A CNBC reporter could download a special mobile application from Binance via email. At the same time, no VPN was needed to download the app, as the download was conducted through the domain of binance[.]com. It is also alleged that the exchange still verifies users with Chinese phone numbers.
An exchange spokesperson denied the existence of a special Chinese version of the mobile application. The exchange also added that it has improved the system to identify users from banned regions. CNBC notes that after providing evidence, Binance removed employee messages from corporate chats to circumvent KYC.
We previously reported that the Ethereum (ETH) price crossed the $1,800 mark, opening the way to $2,000.
Why cryptoanalysts expect bitcoin to fall
The market remains in a bearish trend and bitcoin (BTC) will resume its fall and test $16,000. There are two reasons:
The first statement can be confirmed or disproved by a technical analysis of the cryptocurrency market, but there is not enough additional information for the second.
The market capitalization of altcoins (ALTCAP) does hold nearly $605 billion of resistance. Although ALTCAP has risen above it several times, it didn’t develop above this area.
However, the daily RSI has broken through the bearish divergence trendline (green line). Such a breakout often precedes significant reversals into a bullish trendline. As a result, ALTCAP will move higher towards the $680B resistance area. If not, ALTCAP could fall back to the $518B support area.
There are also those who argue that bitcoin will test the $10000-$11000 area because there is a CME price gap that needs to be filled. The gap refers to the difference between the closing price of bitcoin futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) on Friday and the opening price on the following Monday.
We previously reported that Hong Kong has allocated another $50,000,000 to the crypto industry.
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