The chair of the U.S. financial regulator is right about cryptocurrency trading platforms: they should be regulated, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory asset management and fintech organisations.
The comments from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, follow a Financial Times interview published on Wednesday with Gary Gensler, chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street’s top watchdog.
In the interview he said that while he was “technology-neutral”, crypto-assets were no different than any others when it came to public policy requirements including investor protection, guarding against illicit activity and maintaining financial stability.
Mr Green says: “It must be championed that the man at the top is taking a future-focused and pragmatic approach to cryptocurrencies – which have a market capitalisation of more than $2trillion and which are becoming an increasingly dominant part of the mainstream global financial system.
“Cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, XRP, amongst others, are not going anywhere. Crypto is very much here to stay as a financial asset and as a medium of exchange.
“Therefore, they must be brought into the regulatory tent and be held to the same rigorous standards as the rest of the financial system. The best way to do this is through the exchanges.”
He continues: “Nearly all foreign exchange transactions go through banks or currency houses, and this is what needs to happen with cryptocurrencies. When flows run through regulated exchanges, it will be much easier to tackle potential wrongdoing, such as money laundering, and make sure tax is paid.”
Gensler’s interview with the FT follows his fresh demands last month that Congress grant the SEC more power to oversee the growing crypto market.
“The watchdog needs more powers over the market as there’s a clear direction of travel: both institutional and retail investors are taking Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies more and more seriously. They are increasing their exposure to them at a faster rate than ever before,” said the deVere CEO at the time.
“The SEC seems aware that digital assets are the inevitable future of money, therefore they require more oversight.”
Nigel Green is both a long-term and high-profile advocate of cryptocurrencies, but also of regulation of the sector. He has publicly supported global financial regulators, central banks, lawmakers and governments who have moved to support introducing it.
“There’s sustained interest in and demand for cryptocurrencies so what’s needed is a strong regulatory framework to be established and approved at an international level.
“This will help protect investors, make the sector itself more robust, tackle cryptocurrency criminality, and reduce the potential possibility of disrupting global financial stability, as well as offering a potential long-term economic boost to those countries which introduce it.”
He concludes: “Cryptocurrency regulation is required and, I believe, on its way.
“The work being done by the SEC and other financial regulators around the world is something that everyone who is confident that digital assets are the future of money, as I am, should champion.”
Bitcoin Bulls Run Amok: Short Traders Hit with $90 Million Loss Amidst Unstoppable Surge
The relentless surge in Bitcoin’s prices has left short traders reeling as highly leveraged futures bets against the cryptocurrency incurred losses totaling $90 million on Tuesday alone.
This follows an additional $70 million in short liquidations on Monday, contributing to Bitcoin’s remarkable climb from $39,000 to $44,000 this week.
According to data from CoinGlass, most of these liquidations transpired on major crypto exchanges, including Binance, OKX, and Huobi.
The substantial liquidation figures have the potential to signal either a local top or bottom in a significant price movement, providing valuable insights for traders looking to strategically position themselves.
The surge in trading volumes, up by 25% in the past week, coupled with the growth in open interest from $17.2 billion to $20.2 billion since the beginning of December, underlines the increased market activity around Bitcoin.
Several factors are contributing to Bitcoin’s recent growth. Optimism is swirling around the potential approval of a spot exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the U.S., with traders factoring in anticipated rate cuts, buoying riskier assets like technology stocks and Bitcoin.
Additionally, the possibility of sovereign adoption is gaining traction as leaders in major economies express a Bitcoin-friendly stance.
Over the weekend, a notable group of traders committed to a $200 million BTC futures position, emphasizing the sustained demand for exposure to Bitcoin.
Amid continuous updates and changes in spot ETF applications, some industry observers foresee Bitcoin prices surpassing the $48,000 level in the coming weeks, further intensifying the cryptocurrency’s bullish momentum.
Dogecoin (DOGE) Rides Bitcoin Surge, Gains Over 10% in 24 Hours
The cryptocurrency market is witnessing a resurgence of risk appetite as more investors jump on unconventional choices such as Dogecoin (DOGE), Shibacoin, Memeland, etc.
In the past 24 hours alone, DOGE has surged by over 10% to $0.10 a coin for the first time since April following Bitcoin’s climb from $38,000 to $44,000.
This surge, coupled with the rising price, validates the upward trajectory of DOGE, signaling growing investor interest.
Funding rates on various exchanges have also experienced a substantial surge, hitting an annualized 50% or more.
These rates, reflecting a steep premium in perpetual futures relative to spot prices, indicate a prevalent bullish sentiment among investors.
It underscores their collective optimism, suggesting a belief that prices are poised for further upward momentum.
Joke cryptocurrencies like DOGE have historically exhibited high-beta characteristics, closely mirroring Bitcoin’s movements but often with greater intensity.
Investors are advised to exercise caution and monitor DOGE’s potential for extreme bullish action relative to Bitcoin, serving as a potential indicator of speculative exuberance typically observed in the latter stages of a widespread bullish trend.
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