As of this year, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission will put cryptocurrencies as one of the examination priorities of the agency in order to protect investors’ assets so in today’s crypto news we will find out more about the plan.
According to the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, the main priority is to protect the retail investors by monitoring the offer, trading, sale, and management of digital assets. If a digital asset is classified as a security, the SEC will ensure regulatory compliance.
‘’OCIE will take steps to identify market participants offering, selling, trading, and managing these products or considering or actively seeking to offer these products and then assess the extent of their activities. For firms actively engaged in the digital asset market, OCIE will conduct examinations focused on, among other things, portfolio management of digital assets, trading, safety of client funds and assets, pricing of client portfolios, compliance, and internal controls.’’
2018 was also a year when cryptocurrencies were an examination priority as a part of the OCIE agenda but the agency focused on preparing the investors of the risk when investing in digital assets. According to OCIE, they will focus on how financial professionals maintain control and provide safety to protect the assets and how the same professionals are helping the investors by giving them disclosure about the risks.
The chairman of SEC Jay Clayton has a pretty harsh approach to enforcing regulation leaving an imprint to the community that the SEC has a negative stance but more importantly a negative impact on the crypto sector. The agency also rejected multiple Bitcoin ETF applications in 2018.
Third Audit Attestation Of USDC Stablecoin Reserves Released By Circle
“As of the Report Date and Time, the issued and outstanding USDC tokens do not exceed the balance of the US Dollars held in custody accounts.”USDC is a stablecoin that is based on the Ethereum (ETH) ERC20 token which was first announced in May 2018 after Circle successfully raised $110 million from investors. The CEO of Circe Jeremy Allaire explained more about USDC by saying:
“It’s a version of fiat that can move at the speed of the Internet with global reach, with much less cost, with high levels of security. It’s a huge improvement for how fiat money transmission can work around the world for consumers and for businesses who might want to collect digital payment with tokens.”Circle’s third audit attestation on the stablecoin, shows that the company has a surplus of US dollar reserves that are able to back the circulating coins. The first one was published in November 2018. Also, back in December, the USDC stablecoin was added to one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world-Binance after getting listed on Huobi and OKEx both in October.
Market Sees Red, Losing $1 Billion Overnight While Bitcoin Remains At $3,600
Crypto Analysts: 2019 May Be A Year Of Bitcoin Accumulation
“Similar to 2015, 2019 may be the year of accumulation.’’Another crypto researcher Willy Woo said that while a crash of bitcoin to $3,122 could lead to an increase in volume, it won’t show signs of starting of the accumulation period. He pointed out:
‘’Despite the technical setup that suggests bullishness is possible, there’s not a lot on-chain volume to fuel a prolonged up move. What we saw in the last 7 weeks was a spike of on-chain volume driven by volatility, coins moving to exchanges to trade. The initial volume spike false signalled a faster detox and an earlier end to the bear market, but in fact it was a volatility side effect. That move from $6k to $3k created immense trade volume, but it was in no way a signal that accumulation volume had begun.’’Until evidence for the accumulation of crypto assets shows up, there are still expectations of high volatility levels.
Dmitry Medvedev: ‘’We Should Watch Closely What Happens To Cryptocurrency’’
‘’But this, of course, is not a reason to bury cryptocurrencies. There are both light sides and dark sides, as in any social phenomenon, in any economic institute. And we should just watch closely what happens to them.’’He continued to discuss social inequalities and how the global digital transformation is speeding up saying the cryptocurrency is a part of that fast-going phenomena. The news comes right after major media outlets published the story of Russia’s plan to purchase $10 billion worth of BTC. Turns out that the news was fake. The Russian economist from the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Vladislav Ginko pointed out that he strongly believes that Russia might use Bitcoin to fight economic sanctions and this story swamped the media and got massively exaggerated. Russia is, however, preparing a crypto bill that will provide stable cryptocurrency regulation in the next two months. The Duma State will be drafting a regulatory framework in February to regulate ICOs and crypto crowdfunding.
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