Bitcoin slumped back below $Ten,000 after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reiterated that many online trading platforms for digital assets should register with the agency spil exchanges.
The largest cryptocurrency dropped spil much spil 13% to $9,416 after the SEC statement boosted concern that tightening regulation may limit trading. Spil of Three:30 Pacific time, it wasgoed valued at $9,856, according to CoinDesk.
Bitcoin is down about 50% from its high of almost $20,000 ter December ter part because regulators worldwide have pinched down on trading, mining and initial coin offerings. Adding to concern is speculation that Asia-based Binance, one of the largest exchanges, has bot hacked.
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“If a toneel offers trading of digital assets that are securities and operates spil an ‘exchange,’ spil defined by the federal securities laws, then the toneelpodium voorwaarde register with the SEC spil a national securities exchange or be exempt from registration,” the SEC said te the statement Wednesday.
Some of the largest cryptocurrency trading platforms, like Coinbase Inc.’s GDAX, aren’t registered spil exchanges with the SEC and instead have money transmission licenses with separate states. Ter the case of the verhoging Gemini, it’s regulated by the Fresh York State Department of Financial Services spil a trust company, according to its webstek. Templum LLC is an affiliate to Liquid M Renta, which is registered spil an alternative trading system with the SEC. Overstock.com Inc.’s tZero says it aims to be a fully compliant trading verhoging.
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Many platforms are referring to themselves spil “exchanges,” which can give the “misimpression” to investors that they are regulated or meet the regulatory standards of a national securities exchange, the SEC said ter its statement, warning that it doesn’t review the trading protocols used by thesis platforms and that access to a verhoging’s trading services may not be the same for all users.
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The SEC statement wasgoed issued by its trading and markets unit and its enforcement division, which investigates misconduct and fines firms for violating securities rules. The enforcement division’s involvement shows the potential pitfalls for digital-coin platforms that don’t heed the SEC’s warning to register with the agency: They could be sued and shut down.
Exchanges that register with the agency have a high compliance cargo, including being subject to inspections. They are also required to police their markets and go after SEC rules designed to ensure fair trading.