Hong Kong Slams Door on Retail Trading — Plans to Regulate Cryptocurrency Markets

In a large crackdown on fraud and money-laundering, Hong Kong has introduced a ban on the retail buying and selling of digital currencies, and can now for all cryptocurrency exchanges to be licensed underneath new rules. The brand new rules will allegedly convey down the hammer on a large quantity of unregulated cryptocurrency buying and selling within the metropolis.

Some pundits are noting that the proposed regulation, if it may garner help and go forward, ought to spell the top for an period of relaxed regulation of bitcoin and different digital belongings in Hong Kong. At current, most crypto-exchanges will not be regulated.

Business gamers count on the stricter licensing regime will lead to consolidation as some trade platform suppliers exit the native market.

Don Guo, CEO of Broctagon acknowledged:

“Though that is a right away knock to the native crypto trade, this as a optimistic. The cryptocurrency trade has lacked a regulatory consensus and framework to guarantee protected buying and selling. Whereas the panorama has sometimes been fragmented, it’s encouraging to see Hong Kong take the steps to set up a mainstream-like setting for individuals trying to commerce crypto.

“That stated, the dialog is much from over. Though this information transfer could defend buyers and encourage wider uptake, the UK’s FCA has not too long ago banned the buying and selling of crypto derivatives altogether, and different international governments proceed to drag their heels with regards to regulation. Therefore, the trade continues to be perceived as a “Wild West” by many.

“The buying and selling infrastructure has develop into way more subtle and former challenges akin to illiquidity are being eroded, so it’s time the regulators caught up with the markets. International locations like China, Singapore and now Hong Kong proceed to cleared the path when it comes to taking optimistic steps in the direction of crypto regulation. As extra buyers – notably establishments – proceed coming into the area, governments should prioritise setting a transparent precedent so individuals can make investments safely.”

The federal government has launched a session paper to gather views on the proposed new guidelines, which provide extra investor safety over fraud stated Christopher Hui Ching-yu, China’s Secretary for Monetary Providers and the Treasury within the South China Morning Put up.

The brand new rules will cowl all forms of digital belongings’ buying and selling platforms working in Hong Kong, in addition to abroad platforms focusing on native buyers.

“Merely talking, we would require all virtual-asset buying and selling platforms to be working transparently, like working underneath the daylight. Below the proposed new regulatory regime, they need to slot in with the licensing necessities of the SFC and should observe all of the investor-protection and anti-money-laundering regulation,” added Hui.

The brand new legislation will make it obligatory for all cryptocurrency platform suppliers to apply for a licence, as an alternative of the present allowance of simply letting the suppliers determine if they need to be regulated.

Retail buyers can be banned from buying and selling on the platforms, and solely skilled buyers who’ve over HK$eight million (US$1.03 million) in belongings can be allowed to commerce. ]

Scandals Proceed

This information falls on the latest storm at cryptocurrency trade OKEx who’ve suspended all actions, together with withdrawal, and in accordance to a report from the Chinese language information company, Caixin, that the founder Mingxing Xu (Star Xu), didn’t resume his work after the interrogation and will have disappeared.

Executives at OKEx stated that they’ve cancelled any affiliation with the OK group (Xu’s group) and do not know the place Xu has disappeared. They’re cooperating with the police and famous that the funds are protected, so, individuals don’t have to fear about it. OKEx CEO Jay Hao acknowledged the freeze was needed and regular operations will resume quickly.

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