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Regulation
What this means for cryptocurrency, and for SCLP
With the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, lawmakers are increasingly eager to regulate the space. This is to protect investors, and we see it as a positive step.
“Regulation is probably one of the biggest overhangs in the crypto industry globally,” says Jeffrey Wang, head of the Americas at Amber Group, a Canada-based crypto finance firm. “We would very much welcome clear regulation.”
Scallop Founder & CEO Raj Bagadi echoes this sentiment, "the path to global adoption of cryptocurrency can only occur with regulation. This is why we work in concert with regulators in the countries that Scallop operates in, and also it's the premise behind Scallop Chain - the first regulated blockchain."
Clear regulation would mean the removal of a “significant roadblock for cryptocurrency,” says Wang, since U.S. firms and investors are operating without clear guidelines at the moment.

Reasons why Regulation could be a good thing

1. More Stability in the Market
Greater regulatory guidance, if well targeted, could help reduce speculation among crypto assets. Less speculation can lead to higher investor confidence, which could draw in more long-term investors who have so far said no thanks to a highly speculative, volatile crypto market.

2. Increase in Investor Protection and Confidence

Crypto investors currently have little to no protection in the market, as there is no regulatory framework in place to ensure protection of assets.
Most of the trading that goes on in the crypto world today is not regulated by any federal authority, and that’s a big gap,” says Massad. “That means that investor protection is much, much weaker on these big exchanges than it is in our securities markets or our futures market.”
Timothy Massad, former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and a senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

3. Safer Crypto Ecosystem

Crypto has been described as the “Wild West” by SEC chair Gary Gensler due to lack of regulation in the industry. The lack of laws and policies over this burgeoning area has created an opening for widespread fraud, scams, rug pulls, and market manipulation.

Current global regulation

Lets take a look at current regulation across the globe...

United States

Cryptocurrencies: Not considered legal tender
Cryptocurrency exchanges: Legal, regulation varies by state
Future Regulation: The US Treasury has emphasised an urgent need for crypto regulations to combat global and domestic criminal activities. In December 2020, FINCEN proposed a new cryptocurrency regulation to impose data collection requirements on cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets. The rule is expected to be implemented by Fall 2022, and would require exchanges to submit suspicious activity reports (SAR) for transactions over $10,000 and require wallet owners to identify themselves when sending more than $3,000 in a single transaction.

Canada

Cryptocurrencies: Not legal tender
Cryptocurrency exchanges: Legal, required to register with FinTRAC
Future Regulations
In 2021, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published guidance for crypto issuers that own or hold crypto assets. The guidance set out regulatory expectations for disclosures that crypto issuers must provide about how they protect their assets against loss and theft, including the need to disclose relevant risk factors.
There are no signs of significant additional legislation on the horizon. The Canadian government will likely assess the effects of the most recent changes before writing additional legislation.
Scallop have been granted a Canadian banking license to operate within the region

Regulation in China

Cryptocurrencies: Not legal tender
Cryptocurrency exchanges: Illegal
The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) banned financial institutions from handling Bitcoin transactions in 2013 and went further by banning ICOs and domestic cryptocurrency exchanges in 2017
Exchanges
In June 2021, China banned all domestic cryptocurrency mining, and followed-up by outlawing cryptocurrencies outright in September 2021.
Future Regulations
There’s no indication that China intends to lift or loosen its ban on cryptocurrencies anytime soon but recent statements by government officials endorsing blockchain technology have led to speculation that China intends to become a leader in the digital currency space.

India

Cryptocurrencies: Not legal tender
Cryptocurrency exchanges: Regulations being considered
The Indian Minister of State for Finance suggested that a new cryptocurrency bill – known as the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill – would be forthcoming. While the Indian government has made its opposition to private cryptocurrencies clear, in November 2021, the Standing Committee on Finance met with representatives of crypto exchanges and concluded that cryptocurrencies should be regulated rather than banned.

UK

Cryptocurrencies: Not legal tender
Cryptocurrency exchanges: Legal, registration requirements with FCA
Future Regulation
In 2021, HM Treasury guidance emphasised the UK’s intention to consult on bringing certain cryptocurrencies under the scope of ‘financial promotions regulation’ and to continue to consider a ‘broader regulatory approach’ to crypto assets.

What does this all mean for cryptocurrency

Projects will be under increased scrutiny to operate within a regulatory framework. This is good for the investor as it offers protection. Decentralisation does not mean lack of accountability. Privacy coins have their use, and we applaud them as a technology, however when we include regulation into the space, it is projects that have moved proactively within that framework that will be able to succeed. Scallop is preparing for that future, everyday.
New regulation also has the potential to protect long-term investors, prevent fraudulent activity within the crypto ecosystem, and provide clear guidance to allow companies to innovate in the crypto ecosystem, according to Aaron Klein, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, focused on financial technology and regulation.
“In reality, you kind of have three possibilities: no regulation, bad regulation, good regulation,” Klein says.
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