Crypto regulations and adoption significantly affect the crypto market sentiment. Initially, the market was chaotic and self-regulated, ensuring the complete decentralization and power of the crypto community. Still, rules are tightening, influencing prices and users' satisfaction. Recently US and EU governments have rolled out new regulation rules for the crypto market. SpectroCoin will sift through them and analyze their possible impact on the market.
Crypto Regulations in the EU
The EU government had updated the tax reporting requirements putting more control over transactions. Crypto asset service providers (CASP) should collect information on crypto transfers regardless of the amount to establish a clear record of transactions and detect any suspicious activity. So CASPs will gather the name of the beneficiary, the beneficiary's distributed ledger address, and the beneficiary's account number. Thus EU government wants to detect and prevent illegal activity.
On May 31, 2023, EU officials signed the Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) crypto regulatory framework into law three years after its first draft appeared. The rule provides legal clarity for the cryptocurrency industry and investors within the EU jurisdiction and may cause multiple effects.
The law requires DeFi providers to comply with new regulations causing an increase in compliance costs for service providers. Moreover, the regulations are issued under a one-size-fits-all approach meaning different services are forced to fit general requirements. Thus, small DeFi platforms may have to exit the market, and the remaining ones will face restrictions on implementing unregulated innovations.
Increasing costs influence the market competition since small start-ups can't bear following compliance regulations which would result in decreasing the innovative market development.
Also, the law forces privacy concerns since crypto service providers collect and store more personal data and identify customers, making them potential victims of hackers and fraudsters.
With more power comes more responsibility, and custodial CASPs bear more responsibility over customers and transactions since they store and collect data, assets, and transaction history.
For crypto users, this translates to increased legal protection and the ability to address issues related to fraud, illegal activity, and theft in a more regulated manner.
Crypto Regulations in the US
Uncertainty of crypto regulations in the US forces some crypto companies to move under EU jurisdiction.
The US crypto market is usually considered a tax gap and a major source of tax evasion. Current US President Joe Biden is not that enthusiastic about crypto and has offered a Bitcoin mining tax requiring miners to pay taxes equal to 10% of used electricity in 2023 and 30% in 2026. Still, the proposal didn't make it into a bill. Some think the president's administration won't give up and will create tax regulations and restrictions for crypto service providers.
The US presidential election 2024 will be a decisive moment for the crypto market since many candidates show a positive approach towards cryptocurrencies. Currently, the US crypto market exposes uncertainty that will definitely change soon.
The USA is one of the largest crypto markets. By January 2023, 37.7 million Americans own crypto, approximately 10% of the world's crypto users. One person, on average, invests $10,200 in cryptos, prioritizing centralized platforms. It's important to consider any regulatory updates when trading and investing, as changes in the US market can impact the entire market.
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