By Marcus Sotiriou, Analyst at the UK based digital asset broker GlobalBlock
Bitcoin has failed to hold the $50,000 level as it sits at around $47,585 today, after the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearing took place yesterday. Top executives from six major cryptocurrency companies, including Coinbase and Circle, gave congres a crash course on cryptocurrency and urged them to provide more clarity to the crypto industry.
Prestigious crypto players called for careful and bespoke rules that will not force business overseas by being too restrictive. Chief Executive of Coinbase said, “Without tailored legislative solutions that are openly debated with public participation, the United States risks unnecessarily onerous and chilling laws and regulations.” I think it is promising that lawmakers are meeting with executives to discuss how to go about regulating the industry, and I am hopeful that regulatory clarity will come in the next few years to help the industry expand without harming innovation.
Goldman Sachs CEO, David Solomon, said he believes that the underlying blockchain technology is more important than Bitcoin itself. Solomon stated that he is a big believer in the disruption that these technologies are causing. He said, “the key thing is how can blockchain or other technologies that are not developed yet accelerate the pace of the digitization of the way financial services are delivered.” This is why Goldman Sachs have implemented a services app to try to incorporate crypto.
This will not be the last meeting on the subject. Cryptocurrency is back on the agenda in Congress next week. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, has called a hearing on stablecoins,which seems to be a hot topic.