UK Watchdogs to Release Cryptocurrency Report

Recognizing that cryptocurrencies do not directly fall within the scope of the Agency, FCA stressed that some aspects of their use are within its competence
09 April 2018   421

According to the plan of the Financial Conduct Agency (FCA) of Great Britain for 2018/2019, it, intends to publish a report on crypto-currencies together with the UK Treasury and the Bank of England. 

Technology plays a pivotal role in delivering financial products and services. It enables firms’ innovation (see the Innovation, big data, technology and competition crosssector theme) and supports their business strategies. New technologies can lead to harm if they are not safely adopted and managed. For example, new technologies such as distributed ledger (blockchain) and artificial intelligence rely on access to sensitive and high quality data. But new technologies present opportunities for helping firms to meet Know Your Customer or anti-money laundering requirements more efficiently.
 

FCA Business Plan

The "key activity" of the innovative FCA program will be directed, among other things, to crypto-currencies - FCA plans to assist the companies with regulatory recommendations, as well as to keep up with new market trends such as "ICO and distributed registry technology."

The FCA report also says that the cryptocurrencies themselves do not fall under their jurisdiction, but some models of using cryptocurrency packaged in other financial instruments fall under it, which makes the overall landscape more complicated.

FCA also notes that it has already begun to regulate work with cryptocurrency derivatives, including futures, contracts for price differences and options.

Agency will continue to monitor parameters such as the number of new entry points to the market and the emergence of new innovative products to understand whether fintech can help "improve competition for the benefit of customers.

SEC to Need More Info on BTC ETF

SEC is gathering more input from the public – to date, according to the agency, more than 1,400 comments have been submitted
21 September 2018   145

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the beginning of a formal process for considering the application for the creation of bitcoin-ETF from the New York companies VanEck and SolidX. Nevertheless, the agency appealed to the community for more information. This is stated in the document published on the SEC website.

Institution of such proceedings is appropriate at this time in view of the legal and policy issues raised by the proposed rule change. Institution of proceedings does not indicate that the Commission has reached any conclusions with respect to any of the issues involved. Rather, as described below, the Commission seeks and encourages interested persons to provide comments on the proposed rule change.
 

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

At the moment, the SEC received about 1,400 comments.

According to the document, the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) has signed an agreement on the exchange of data on bitcoin transactions, trading and the state of the market with the cryptocurrency trading platform with Gemini.

The agency asked commentators to clarify the position of Gemini in the digital currency market and assess the likelihood of increased volatility at this site in connection with possible trades of bitcoin-ETF.

So, before September 30, the department had to decide on whether to approve, deny or initiate the proceedings. The SEC chose the latter, which is likely to delay the process until the next year.