The Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore has tried to illuminate the country’s position on digital currencies concerning its illegal tax avoidance laws. Talking esrlier this week, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam emphasized that Singapore’s financial controller won’t recognize digital forms of money and fiat monetary standards.
With Singapore progressively being viewed as a potential goal for digital currency, organizations looking to escape the regulatory vulnerability related with China, Singaporean authorities are confronting expanded examination in regards to the country’s juridical device relating to cryptographic forms of money.
Earlier this week, Singapore’s deputy prime minister and Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, looked to illuminate Singapore’s against tax evasion (AML) and countering the financing of fear based oppression laws (CFT) with respect to digital currency.“When it comes to money laundering or terrorism financing, Singapore’s laws do not make any distinction between transactions effected using fiat currency, virtual currency or other novel ways of transmitting value.”
Mr. Shanmugaratnam emphasized that the MAS, Singapore’s money related controller and national bank, won’t recognize exchanges led in fiat and digital money in trying to implement its AML/CTF laws, including that every single financial instituition will be liable to similar directions. The MAS administrator likewise expressed that The Commercial Affairs Department will be engaged to explore and arraign cases identifying with illegal tax avoidance or psychological oppressor or terrorist financing.
The MAS chairman, however, perceived that the regulation of virtual currency exchanges may posture challenges not related with checking fiat money circulations. .
Mr. Shanmugaratnam emphasized the pseudo-anonymous qualities of cryptocurrency, adding that the absence of a centralized clearing further complicates the challenge of regulating transactions executed using virtual currencies.
In order to mitigate said challenges, the MAS will seek to impose anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing requirements on intermediaries that exchange fiat for virtual currencies – such as exchanges and brokers. Singapore’s financial regulator is presently conducting public consultation relating to the proposed Payment Services Bill intended to empower MAS to have greater jurisdiction over cryptographic money exchanges and brokerages.
Mr. Shanmugaratnam’s remarks include an obvious change in the position of the MAS concerning the cryptographic forms of money, as the MAS administrator has already expressed that the MAS won’t look to manage virtual monetary standards, aside from when the exercises identifying with digital currencies directly fall under the juridical domain of the MAS. By contrast, Mr. Shanmugaratnam’s current explanation shows that the MAS is looking to extend its administrative order to more noteworthy screen organizations that change over fiat into cryptographic forms of money.
Take a Crypto Pill
Crypto market is crashing, we all know that, panic sellers are taking over the market with massive sell-off. You can’t control that, just calm down and take a Crypto Pill to make things easy.
Crypto Pill is the term being used by industry leaders to make things calm down from recent fiasco, yesterday a leaked news from CFTC about Bitfinex and Tether made things even more difficult for crypto traders, short sellers went all into the market with massive short bets, and they won, Bitcoin price slipped below $10000 level to as low as $9500, but later on recovered to $10K , but selling pressure is still there.
First South Korea and now US
First it was South Korea, the country with massive trading volumes in crypto market, they announced to ban anonymous crypto trading and ban took place effective from 30th Jan 2018, then a sudden news came from US market when Bloomberg broke the news that US financial regulatory authority CFTC investigating Tether and Bitfinex, but later on it was confirmed that news was from December last year, which made market calm down a little bit after all that tension and hype about US crackdown on crypto currencies.
HODLers will take over market soon
Despite of all this fiasco, Hodlers are still holding their Crypto currencies, they are not giving up and they holding for their dear life, it is very much possible that they take over this market in near future, making another uptrend in coming months.
Venezuela is the cheapest country to mine Bitcoin
Cost of mining one Bitcoin in Venezuela is just $531
Most expensive country to mine Bitcoin is South Korea, where cost of mining one bitcoin is $26,170
After recent crackdown by Chinese Government on Bitcoin miners, most talked about topic in bitcoin community is that which country would Chinese Bitcoin miners chose to shift, as many research firms were working to find the best possible option for the miners, one of the best option is Venezuela, where cost of mining one bitcoin is the cheapest, just $531, as compared to China where cost of mining one bitcoin $3172.
Others with lower costs are Bangladesh, Belarus, Paraguay, Serbia and Trinidad & Tobago. The most expensive is South Korea at $26,170 per coin. The U.S. cost is $4,675.
Calculations for the amount of energy consumed were based on the average usage of three popular types of mining equipment: the AntMiner S7, the AntMiner S9 and the Avalon.
Bitcoin mining consumes a lot of energy and according to one estimate, Bitcoin mining currently consuming energy which is more than 159 countries, including countries like Ireland
Crypto trading volumes are dropping
Volumes in crypto market are dropping, indicating an alarming situation. Crypto market started this year on a good note but later on crashed to low levels, apart from Ethereum, all other major crypto currencies are down for 2018, but one of the most alarming situations in this matter is that trading volumes on different exchanges are dropping to lowest levels in recent months.
For example, on Bitfinex current trading volume of Bitcoin is at around 25000 which at one point of time was as high as 160000 , which means this volume is not even 20% of its peak volume. Similarly in the case of Ripple, current trading volume is 8 Million which at one point of time was 50 million, so there is an alarming situation in that regards because not only price is dropping but crypto trading volume is also dropping dramatically.
Lack of interest?
One of the key questions that analysts are asking these days is that, is it lack of interest from investors that volumes are so low? may be they have found new investment opportunity in the form of S&P 500 and Gold. Most of the analyst think that this low activity is due to the reason that market speculators are currently out of the market and in wait and watch situation to make an entry point.
Calm before the storm?
Such low volumes and price movement in a tight range suggest that this is the calm before the storm, many regulatory authorities around the world are trying to stop crypto trading by either putting complete ban or by introducing tight laws, so speculators and institutional investors are just waiting for a clear picture so that they can make their bet on it, but one thing is for sure that sooner or later market is due for heavy movement in either direction, so day traders need to watch out.
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