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Institutions Take A Hard Look At Crypto Management And Regulation

 

Everyone has an opinion, but the opinions are invariably different. Yes, we are talking cryptocurrencies and their management and regulation. Here come two…

First up, Altfi runs a policy statement on crypto policing from Lisa Cameron MP, Chair of the Crypto and Digital Assets All Party Parliamentary Group. She argues lawmakers need keep pace with rapid advancements in technology and crypto.

We are at a critical moment for the UK crypto and digital asset sector. We have seen rapid growth of crypto in recent years. Millions of people in the UK now own some form of cryptoasset and more and more firms now accept payments in crypto including big brands like Gucci and others.

The Government has said it wants the UK to be the global home of crypto and regulators around the world are now racing to develop their own approaches to crypto regulation.

Over the coming months the Crypto and Digital Assets All Party Parliamentary Group will be holding an inquiry into the crypto industry to better understand the key issues in relation to crypto and to ensure we make informed decisions on our approach to crypto regulation.

I am excited by the potential opportunities that crypto presents from innovation in technology, new forms of digital payments, financial inclusion and as a job creator. The UK has some fantastic examples of innovative crypto and digital asset businesses, right across the UK, not just in London, creating jobs and attracting some of the brightest talent in highly skilled roles. 

There is a huge opportunity for crypto to be a force for good whether that’s transforming the way we deal with money and make payments, or through financial inclusion and providing access to finance for minority groups and entrepreneurs.

And a different perspective, from the Bank of England, is aired by Finextra. The media site runs the Bank of England’s view (unfavourable, of course) on cryptos:

If an open and decentralised metaverse grows, the risks from cryptoassets may scale to have systemic financial stability consequences, say a pair of Bank of England wonks.

While still in the early stages of development, the metaverse has been hyped as the next generation of the internet, with Big Tech, led by the rebranded Meta, going big on an idea that Citi has estimated could have an economy worth up to $13 trillion by 2030.

In a blog, Owen Lock from the BofE’s resilience division and Teresa Cascino from its Fintech Hub explore how the metaverse and cryptoassets will affect systemic risk.

An open metaverse will require a means with which to own and transact digital objects which are interoperable between virtual worlds, say the authors, who think that cryptoassets are well placed to take on the role.

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