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.
Crypto Market cap reached $275 billion
Market cap of crypto currencies reached the level of $275 Billion after a spike on 4rth July 2018, Bitcoin maintaining its dominance at 42% , making it the biggest crypto currency in the world.
Bitcoin price currently trading at around $6700 after a 3% spike in the price , making it jump from $6500 to $6700 within minutes, analysts are predicting that this recent upside movement in crypto market in weak and need to sustain these levels in order to attract more buyers, otherwise overall bearish market is still in control.
$7000 is a key level for Bitcoin
$7000 is very important level for bitcoin according to many technical analysts, If it breaks above $7000 and stays there then chances are that upside move will be healthy, otherwise bear will look forward to take control of the situation again.
Switzerland merging Cryptocurrencies with conventional banking
Switzerland is on the right track to become a Crypto nation and country is making efforts to allow cryptcocurrencies to fully access conventional banking .
Bitcoin and other crypto currencies has taken a big hit in brutal bear market of 2018 but that’s not stopping Switzerland to allow cryptocurrencies to fully access conventional banking system within the country. Switzerland is currently in progress and drafting rules and regulations for such collaborations.
Heinz Tännler, Swiss expert & finance director of Zug canton, told media earlier that politicians were moving to allow crypto companies to work with banks, adding that Switzerland’s central bank, financial supervisor and federal government “are willing to help”.
He said: “We hope to clarify relationships by the end of the year at the latest.
“Time is pressing, other jurisdictions such as Malta and Singapore are very active and making a lot of effort to attract these companies. The lack of access to bank services is a significant competitive disadvantage.”
“We have to push certain national institutions to resolve this problem quickly and effectively, but that now seems to be going well.”
Blockchain becoming the global phenomenon
The concept of Blockchain is interesting and attractive for all the countries, many countries may disagree on the existence and usage of cryptocurrencies, but all of them agree with the fact concept of blockchain is not going anywhere and governments can benefit from this technology in various fields, but if you ask any expert of blockchain, he would tell you that success of Blockchain technology has to be linked with existence of crypto currencies, without crypto currencies, and ecosystem can’t exist, many governments around the world are slowly recognizing the fact and Switzerland is definitely on the right track if they allow crypto currencies to work in collaboration with the Banks, because many banks around the world are not allowing crypto currencies to offer services through them, but this initiative will open many doors in that regards.
Crypto market stabilizing gradually
Crypto market is stabilizing around $450 billion market cap after gradual increase in overall value in recent weeks.
Leading crypto currencies are on the rise, lead by Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Ripple. Although increase in bitcoin value is less as compared to other crypto currencies but overall market is on rise with current market of $440 billion.
Bitcoin is currently hovering around the $9300 mark after being rejected at $10000 mark couple of times in last days, Ethereum is on the charge as well but the most surprising one is Bitcoin cash. Bitcoin cash was at $600 couple of weeks ago and now at $1600, shows rapid growth in recent weeks.
Crypto currency of the month has to be EOS, investors of EOS are enjoying a massive rise in value in past few weeks, EOS started April at $5 mark and now is at $18 , value of EOS increased more than 3 times within one month.
Current top 5 crypto currencies
- Bitcoin : $9388
- Ethereum: $741
- Ripple: $0.83
- Bitcoin Cash: $1630
- EOS: $18.28
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