BitcoinMarch 19, 2018 by David Nugent

Bitcoin UP As Concerns Over Coordinated Move By G20 Members Fades

As concerns over a possible coordinated effort by G20 members against the cryptocurrencies started fading, Bitcoin, and the cryptocurrency market in general, has bounced back into green. The leaders of the top 20 emerging and developed economies will meet in Buenos Aires today and tomorrow to discuss a range of issues (including money laundering) that threaten global stability. However, cryptocurrencies will not dominate the talks between the members of the G20 Financial Stability Board at this point in time.

Japan, one of the earliest countries to legalize cryptocurrencies, had sought a coordinated effort to plug loop holes that arise due to a difference in preference given to cryptocurrrencies by various countries. According to Japan, the loopholes are being misused by money launderers and other anti-social elements such as drug traffickers, etc.

The concerns of cryptocurrrency market participants started fading after it was revealed that the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, chair of the Financial Stability Board, has recently published a letter to participating members (central bankers and finance ministers) of the FSB, stating that cryptocurrencies is not a pressing issue.
In his letter Carney had stated

“The FSB’s initial assessment is that crypto-assets do not pose risks to global financial stability at this time.”

The FSB chairman has also underlined the fact that cryptocurrencies made up only 1% of global economic output even during their recent peak in December 2017. Furthermore, Carney has also suggested framing new set of rules to suit cryptocurrencies, instead of adapting the existing ones that govern digital currencies.

Carney stated

“As its work to fix the fault lines that caused the financial crisis draws to a close, the FSB is increasingly pivoting away from design of new policy initiatives towards dynamic implementation and rigorous evaluation of the effects of the agreed G20 reforms.”

Carney also announced that the FSB will undergo a total revamp so that the regulator is totally “fit for purpose” when validating and amending existing financial regulations. Following the announcement, Bitcoin (BTC) has surged by about $1,000 to trade at $8,200 levels, while Ethereum (ETH) has gained nearly $100 to trade at $530 levels.