Keeping an eye on regulations is imperative for crypto investors as the fast-changing regulatory environment can have a substantial impact on the price of bitcoin and other cryptographic assets.
In this article, we will have a look at three cryptocurrency regulatory trends you can expect in 2019.
Digital Currencies Will Gain More Regulatory Acceptance
Bitcoin has been officially accepted as a legal payment method in countries such as Japan, the Philippines, and Germany, while the majority of the rest of the world have decided not to regulate decentralized digital currencies, thereby leaving the choice up to the individuals whether to deal in cryptocurrency or not.
In other words, a much-feared large scale bitcoin ban did not take place and will very likely not take place in the future. On the contrary, the more likely scenario in 2019 will be that more and more countries will start to accept bitcoin as “a real currency.”
The ICO Market Will Be Followed Closely By Regulators
While digital currencies are gaining global acceptance. Digital tokens launched through initial coin offerings (ICOs) have been closely scrutinized by regulators across the globe. This trend will continue in 2019.
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The big question is whether ICO tokens are financial securities or not. Different countries have taken different stances on this so far, with some (like China) outright banning ICOs and others (like the US) drawing a clear distinction between which tokens are considered securities and which ones are not.
We can expect more financial regulators coming out with a regulatory framework that will determine whether cryptoassets are deemed financial securities or whether they will receive a different classification. The ICO market will likely be affected by this the most.
Most of Africa Will Remain Open to Crypto
Today, many African countries are embracing cryptocurrencies and the innovation that they bring. Most African central banks – with only a handful of exceptions – have taken a wait-and-see approach to regulating this new financial technology. This gives cryptocurrency and blockchain entrepreneurs the privilege to provide input and feedback on possible future regulations as well as the opportunity to prove to regulatory that cryptocurrencies being substantially more benefits than risks.
Overall, the regulatory climate for crypto investors is starting to look more positive as digital (crypto) assets are becoming recognized by the likes of Wall Street as well as financial regulators across the world as a new digital asset class. This, in turn, will likely create a more secure and regulated investment environment for crypto investors in the future.
This article was provided by Rachael Odhiambo, bitcoin news writer and copy editor at BitcoinAfrica.io.
Disclaimer: This post has been contributed just for educational purposes and should not be regarded as financial advice of any sort.
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