White House Moves Towards Intense Crypto Crackdown, What Will it Mean for Investors?
[NEWS BLOG]: White House Moves Towards Intense Crypto Crackdown, What Will it Mean for Investors?
Ever since US President Donald Trump shared his thoughts on Bitcoin in a blistering tweet from last July, crypto investors have been nervously anticipating news regarding when the government would start a formal crackdown on the nascent technologies.
It now appears that this crackdown could be on its way in the coming couple of years, as the White House’s newly released 2021 budget proposal recommends shifting the US Secret Service to operate underneath the Treasury in order to investigate crypto-related crimes.
White House Budget Proposal Links Crypto to Crime and Terrorism
In the 106-page document, the word “cryptocurrency” is only mentioned twice, and on both occasions, it is tied directly to terrorism financing, money laundering, and other crimes.
The White House’s aggressive stance towards cryptocurrencies shouldn’t come as a surprise to market participants, however, as President Trump noted in his now infamous July tweet that he isn’t a “fan of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies,” further going on to say that they help facilitate unlawful behavior.
“I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity,” he said.
This wasn’t the end of the White House’s attack on cryptocurrencies, as the US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin later called the lack of regulations surrounding the crypto markets a “national security issue.”
OTHER RELATED NEWS
Cryptocurrencies Show Signs of Maturing But Remain Too Risky
Bitcoin (BTC) presented historically low volatility this year, argues the Dec. 2019 SFOX report released on Jan. 8. Coupled with a lower correlation with altcoins, there are emerging signs that the market could start to behave in a more predictable way. However, the cryptocurrency asset class remains disproportionately risky compared to the stock market.
In its final monthly report for 2019, the analytics firm SFOX analyzed the yearly performance of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Compared to traditional assets such as gold and stocks, Bitcoin held a remarkably low correlation index for the past six months. Its average 30-day correlation amounted to -0.037 - read more.
Ripple-Based Remittance Firm SendFriend Claims to Save Up to 80% in Fees
Blockchain-based money transfer startup SendFriend utilizes Ripple’s technology to save up to 80% in remittance fees, according to a blog post published on Dec. 12.
SendFriend uses Ripple’s xRapid product for cross-border payments, converting between the United States dollar, XRP and Philippine pesos and circumventing the longer process of traditional banking systems.
Philippines-focused remittance platform
SendFriend’s money transfer app aimed at reducing annual remittance fees for cross-border Filipino workers claims to lower such transaction costs by up to 75%. What makes it possible, according to the startup’s CEO, David Lighton, is RippleNet’s On-Demand Liquidity (ODL) technology.
With ODL, RippleNet’s users can utilize digital token XRP to - read more.
Biggest Crypto Price Movements of 2019 - FOR XRP
The start of 2020 is a great time to look at the path travelled by cryptocurrencies up and down the price charts and analyze how these coins have been performing throughout the previous year. The prices of most cryptocurrencies changed tremendously throughout 2019, as the year started off slow but then saw most cryptocurrencies jump in value over the first six months.
However, some like Luna Coin (LUNA) exhibiting a considerable growth of 48,900%. Others, such as Lumen (XLM), lost more than half their price value and tumbled from the pedestal of crypto glory. DogeCoin (DOGE) demonstrated the lowest volatility, which is entering 2020 - read more.