The union finance minister of India, Anurag Singh Thakur is in the latest cryptocurrency news for a statement in which he said that holding or trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is not banned in the country.
As Thakur told the upper house of the Indian parliament, the issues of permitting the trading of/in cryptocurrencies remains under full examination of a government-appointed interministerial committee.
Thakur also stressed that the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance had issued a string of circulars and notices regarding the use of Bitcoin and other similar coins. Nonetheless, only a final report from the committee could shed light on the final status of such nascent asset class.
His statement showing that Bitcoin is not banned in India was all over the altcoin news too and read:
“Presently, there is no separate law for dealing with issues relating to cryptocurrencies. Hence, all concerned Departments and law enforcement agencies, such as RBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities, etc. take action as per the relevant existing laws.”
The response also followed Bloomberg Quint’s coverage which was based on an alleged crypto ban draft which mentioned that the government of India would sentence crypto traders with a ten year jail time. However, the Finance Minister Thakur said that Bitcoin is not banned in the country. Also, a New Delhi-based lawyer named Varun Sethi this week shared a leaked page from the same draft which clarified that the Indian government was planning a crackdown on crypto traders.
“It is difficult to state a specific timeline to come up with clear recommendations. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs is examining all issues, including the pros and cons of the introduction of an official digital currency in India. No decision on licensing and authorising any entity or company to operate such schemes or deal with Bitcoins or any virtual currency has been made as yet,” he said in the document which was shared on many best cryptocurrency news sites.
The reply about the question of whether Bitcoin s banned or Bitcoin is not banned comes ahead of the next Supreme Court hearing of the so-called Crypto vs. RBI on July 23.
Bitcoin Lost $700 In Minutes, Failing To Break Through $11,000
“Currently bouncing off long term trend line and wanting to watch a close above $10,200,” the popular analyst Josh Rager summarized in his fresh analysis on Wednesday.Despite trading at around $9,300 since mid June, the sentiment around BTC has dramatically changed in the recent days as metrics show. Now that Bitcoin lost $700, the Fear & Greed Index is among the most interesting ones right now, tracking price moves based on whether investors are too eager to buy or sell. On a scale of 1 to 100, right now the index is at 11 which indicates extreme fear and suggests that the markets are oversold. Bitcoin lost $700 and could recover soon. However, if the dominant cryptocurrency drops to four figures once more, the longer term predictions will diverge in their optimism. According to some figures from crypto research firm Digital Asset Research, the Bitcoin block reward halving scheduled for May 2020 will see the BTC/USD pair balloon to over $60,000. For the time being, however, it is the altcoin investors who are feeling the worst pain because of Bitcoin's drop. The worst performance still belongs to Bitcoin SV (BSV) which is down by around 7% at a current price of $133.
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“I don’t see demand for this asset going down. But I do know that supply is gonna get cut in half, some time May 2019. And I think another thing I know about Bitcoin is that higher price is the best marketing tool we have,” the head of the Kraken OTC desk said.What's interesting is that in April this year, the altcoin news featured a lawsuit by a former Kraken employee named Jonathan Silverman, who sued the platform for more than $900,000. According to the ex-Kraken employee's claims, he was not compensated in accordance with an oral agreement with the founder (Jesse Powell) for managing Kraken's trading desk. Silverman also said that Kraken was lying about not operating in New York. As his lawsuit stated:
“Misrepresenting to the public and government regulators that it was not operating in New York; when in reality, Kraken’s OTC practice, and OTC trading (including logging into the Kraken exchange and negotiating wire transfers) occurred almost exclusively in New York.”A spokesperson for Kraken named Christina Vee later retorted and said that Silverman was "both lying and in breach of his confidentiality agreement." Besides this lawsuit and the new announcement by the Kraken OTC desk, the latest cryptocurrency news showed that Kraken has recently seen some troubles with its website as well as its application programming interface (API). On August 13, Kraken announced that it was receiving reports of connection issues for its API as well as its website performance.
Facebook Owned WhatsApp Wants To Digitize Payments In Indonesia
“WhatsApp is in conversations with financial partners in Indonesia about payments, however the discussions are in early stages and we do not have anything further to share at this stage.”The sources, however, say that Facebook has a deal with three payment firms which is going to be finalized imminently. The launch of these services, as many best cryptocurrency news sites reported, is not expected until 2020. This is why WhatsApp is looking to launch in India at the same time or sooner. According to the report, Facebook is still waiting on regulatory approval from India before the Facebook owned WhatsApp payments can be finalized and announced via the messaging app. On the other hand, we have Libra in WeChat - which is also part of Facebook's plan. As reports show, the giant wants to integrate its crypto wallet service, Calibra, into WhatsApp and all of its platforms.
“The libra blockchain will be global, but it will be up to custodial wallet providers to determine where they will and will not operate. Calibra won’t be available in U.S.-sanctioned countries or countries that ban cryptocurrencies,” a Calibra spokesperson confirmed in April.
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‘’Last week was a significant risk off week for equities. There were a lot of holders of digital assets whose portfolios were taking a hit and if they had gains, Bitcoin is up over 100%, almost 200% over the past 9 months, it was a place to take some gains.’’The correction, however, does not affect bitcoin’s appeal as a method of preserving value. Bitcoin’s price has previously been pushed by multiple economic and geopolitical factors including the Hong Kong demonstrations and the China-US trade war. The heads of the G7 countries will soon meet in France and will talk about bitcoin and the entire crypto space according to Allaire. It is unlikely that there will be a crypto-related policy as he pointed out:
‘’I don’t know that we’re going to see specific policy but certainly we’re going to hear some perspective out of there.’’As it turns out, most of the investor’s don’t recommend investing in bitcoin or even consider it as a safe haven asset but gold, for example, might not be the best investment choice despite the uncertainty in the global markets. The portfolio manager of Valley Forge Capital Management stated in an interview as well as we read in the altcoin news previously:
‘’They [Bitcoin and gold] are collectibles. You are actually not buying any protection, you’re simply speculating. To me, it’s no different than any other speculative activity in your life.’’
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