BlackRock Warns Users of Crypto Investing Risks

American global investment management corporation stated that the nature of cryptocurrencies makes them tricky investment targets
27 February 2018   231

BlackRock is an American global investment management corporation based in New York City, and one the world's largest asset managers guiding individuals, financial professionals and institutions in building financial futures.

On February 26, BlackRock has released a global weekly commentary entilted "Sizing up the crypto craze", elaborating on such key points as:

  • Cryptocurrencies could gain wider appeal over time, but we see them as far from earning a place in mainstream investment portfolios for now
  • The Federal Reserve expressed greater confidence in both its growth forecast and inflation outlook, sending U.S. government bond yields up
  • Germany’s Social Democrats are expected to approve a coalition government, despite rising chances of a no vote, Italy goes to the polls

The report was presented by Richard Turnill. On the one hand, the study states that cyptocurrencies are gaining wide populary and becoming mainstream nowadays, but, on the other hand, crypto markets are highly volatile, fragmented, largely unregulated, and come with unique liquidity and operational risks.

The volatility of the cryptocurrencies makes the gyrations in the U.S. equity market during the global financial crisis almost look placid.

Richard Turnill

Global Chief Investment Strategist, BlackRock 

The study claimed that blockchain and cryptocurrencies surely have the bright future in front of them, but they still remain risky in terms of investment, and for now only "those who can stomach potentially complete losses" can consider investing in crypto. Moreover, blockchain technology needs to develop much more and undergo significant changes to be able to reach the heights many believe it is really capable of reaching.

Crypto Taxpayers to be supported in India

Cleartax, the largest Indian tax filing platform joins Zebpay exchange to help crypto taxpayers
24 March 2018   102

The object of this partnership is to educate Bitcoin traders and investors about the current tax laws and how to apply them in stating cryptocurrency profits and incomes. Indian authorities are aimed to find the best approach to Bitcoin and the other kinds of cryptocurrencies. The recent declarations of the regulators that new instructions would be accepted in a short time, have not been followed by real actions. So the attempts to enforce the control on this sphere have led to summaries that this task in not going to be simple at all. According to last month media reports, new frameworks and rules were waited by the end of March.

Though they failed to to introduce extensive regulations, the Indian authorities are focused to tapping into crypto earnings. In a previous month the Income Tax Department released notifications for thousands of cryptocurrency investors, as reported.

The Cryptocurrency Advisory Plan will help Indian bitcoin investors and traders in this year's tax campaign. The biggest tax filing platform Cleartax joins the Indian bitcoin exchanges and wallet providers Zebpay. They are both objected to support taxpayers to understand and abide by the law regarding taxation of the transactions with cryptocurrencies.

Cleartax declared it has the tax and technological expertise “to help people understand how bitcoin works”. Besides, the platform has started tax filing services for cryptocurrency investors. The Cleartax CEO and founder Archit Gupta claimed that together with Zebpay they are going to “simplify taxes for Indians”. The head of exchange at Zebpay, Nischint Sanghavi added that he believes the partnership with Cleartax will simplify tax planning for Zebpay`s customers.

In February about 100,000 cryptocurrency investors received tax notices from India`s Income Tax Department. Questionable dubious transactions, authorities investigated some of the cryptocurrency exchanges, and banks paused many of their accounts. Then the governmental pressure caused significant drop in trading volumes.

The authorities in Delhi have set a number of warnings against investing in BTC. Also the largest commercial banks have restricted severely the operations of local exchanges and individual cryptocurrency traders, even before any law demanding such measures is adopted.