In the latest episode of The Market Report, analyst and writer Marcel Pechman covers the regulatory environment that has been limiting Bitcoin’s upside and the odds of a dump to $28,000. The show airs every Tuesday on the Cointelegraph Markets & Research YouTube channel.
The first news article discussed is crypto exchange Bittrex and its founder being charged by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. More importantly, SEC Commission Enforcement Division Director Gurbir Grewal said that such “action should also send a message to other non-compliant crypto market intermediaries.”
In Pechman’s opinion, that’s an obvious reference to Binance, Bybit and OKX, which have notoriously taken U.S. clients through virtual private networks and other evasive strategies. Pechman does not believe that the SEC has a case aside from a multimillion-dollar fine and forcing Bittrex to shut down operations in the United States.
On to the show’s next topic, Pechman discusses the U.S. Congress’ draft stablecoin bill. The scary part? Failure to register as an issuer could result in up to five years in prison. Moreover, according to the draft bill, “issuers out of the U.S. would have to seek registration to do business in the country.”
The proposal also places a “two-year ban on issuing, creating, or originating stablecoins not backed by tangible assets.” In Pechman’s view, there’s a clear statement: Legislators do not want algorithmic-backed stablecoins or any operation that is not backed by U.S. dollars or U.S.-denominated short-term bonds.
But according to Pechman, there is no reason to panic-sell any stablecoin solely based on this. Sure, there could be impacts for Tether (USDT) and Dai (DAI), but that is subject to voting and court rulings.
In the last part of The Market Report, Pechman argues whether the U.S. court has any real power over Justin Sun, Tron’s founder. Pechman believes this move shows desperation by regulators and how coincidental it is that multiple agencies are pressing charges on crypto businesses and payment processors over five years after their launch.
Given the scenario of extreme regulatory FUD — fear, uncertainty and doubt — Pechman would not be surprised if Bitcoin (BTC) retests the $28,000 level.
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