The finance ministry of Britain plans for sturdy regulations for crypto assets after the collapse of the crypto exchange giant FTX in 2022, because of which millions had to undergo severe losses.
It is well to be noted that crypto is not regulated across the globe, with companies themselves carrying out checks in order to prevent money laundering. That said, more than 80% of its licence applicants were not able to show how these checks could be carried out, as dark money still flows through the sector, as per the Financial Conduct Authority of Britain.
The draft rules that have been published recently will now make sure that there is transparency, robustness, and practises of fair standards in place that are in line with traditional finance, according to Andrew Griffith, the financial statements minister. He added in the statement that was given out on January 31 that they remain steady in their commitment to make the economy grow and aid with technological innovation and change, and this endeavour does include the crypto assets technology.
These new rules have come into existence as the surge in interest rates has led to a series of bankruptcies across the crypto sector in 2022, which wiped out almost $1.4 trillion from the crypto value market. Notably, the price of bitcoin, which happens to be the most widely traded, dropped 60%.
This market chaos has indeed shaken confidence in cryptocurrencies, although the underlying technology interest, commonly referred to as blockchain for certain other uses such as payment remains. It is decided that there is going to be a public consultation ranging for three months in terms of new plans which will then be followed by the proposals for precise rules from the FCA. As per the ministry, this approach is going to curb the most underlying risk in the sector. The proposal, when in place, shall put ownership on the crypto trading firms when it comes to defining the exact content requirements in terms of admission as well as disclosure documents, thereby ensuring that fair and robust standards are there for crypto exchanges, as per the ministry.
There are going to be rules for financial intermediaries that help with transactions and also for custodians that help store the customer’s assets. The fall of firms such as FTX as well as other crypto exchanges have pushed for the regulation of the industry so that the investors are protected. Regulators are planning to go ahead with the opening of crypto conglomerates, which will have activities such as trading, custody, as well as lending under one roof but with no traditional regulatory standards. In fact, the EU is also finalising its first set of rules pertaining to crypto.
The companies that are already authorised by the FCA can issue their own promotions temporarily as the new regulatory regime gets rolling, as per the ministry.