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Cryptos Face Comprehensive EU Regulation, Regulators Plan to Set New Financial Rules

Jan 11, 2019 at 10:12 // News

Fresh EU rules may be required to strongly safeguard users from cryptocurrency risks, stop money laundering and prevent diverging national regulations from forming unjust contention, European Union regulators revealed on January 9, 2019.

Since 2013, relevant regulators have been giving signs to investors that they could face a lot of losses by investing in cryptoassets like Bitcoin (BTC), Ripple (XRP), Ethereum (ETH) and others, or in ICOs which raise funds for firms in exchange for tokens.   

BTC surged to almost $20,000 in December 2017 and made all investors happy, but since then it has been plunging to the extent of losing ¾ of its value.   

The value of digital currencies worldwide reached a maximum at $830 billion 13 months ago, but dropped to $210 billion by October 2018, tantamount to not more than 3% of the world market.   

More Review is Needed ASAP   

The European Banking Authority (EBA) revealed in a report on digital currencies that they distinctively lay outside the orbit of EU monetary rules, making it more difficult to form a fully elaborated picture, according to a report by Investment Week.   

The EU regulators have so far discovered banks owning virtual currencies directly, trading them, exchanging cryptocurrencies for hard cash, lending against cryptocurrency collateral, but have less information on the operations.   

According to the EBA, the market developments also need more review of EU anti-money laundering (AML) lawmaking.   

A broad cost-benefit-analysis would ascertain what, if any, effort is needed to properly regulate “opportunities & risks” associated with crypto operations and other related significant technologies, EBA revealed.   

The EU analysis could evaluate the impact of cryptocurrency operations on monetary se...

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