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Rumor has it vaunted, long awaited institutional money, big investment in crypto is coming. One of the many holdups involves custody regulation, as both large funds and those ecosystem companies best poised look for a smooth way to guard cryptocurrency holdings securely, alleviating whales’ greatest fears: theft and loss.
Investment Whales Want Custody Assurance
“There are a lot of investors where custodianship was the final barrier. Over the next year, the market will come to recognize that custodianship is a solved problem. This will unlock a big wave of capital,” hedge fund Multicoin Capital’s Kyle Samani told Olga Kharif and Sonali Basak by phone.
Custodial arrangements in traditional, legacy finance are well understood and regarded. Precious metals, diamonds, and even cash are carefully guarded by trusted institutions such as JP Morgan. The brave new world of cryptocurrency scares the hair off of big finance, so a regulated, risk averse arrangement, complete with liability insurance, is, some professionals feel, key to big money entering the space in a substantial way.
Popular ecosystem bank, Coinbase, is among those who’ve announced movement in this area. As these pages reported last month, it “announced a new suite of services meant to attract more big money players such as the many new crypto hedge funds that pop up all the time. It will launch a cryptocurrency custodian in partnership with an SEC-regulated broker-dealer to a group of initial clients that include 1confirmation, Autonomous Partners, Boost VC, Meta Stable, Multicoin Capital, Polychain Capital, Scalar Capital and Walden Bridge Capital.”
About the same time, Tokyo-based investment bank Nomura announced its new venture, Komainu. It was “established to help overcome barriers for institutional investment in crypto-assets with a custody solution and offering new services, standards and best practices.” Jez Mohideen of Nomura explained, “Global investment managers have long been held back from full participation in digital asset markets, limited by operational and regulatory risk. Our new partnership will set the required standards that will bring peace of mind to digital asset investors, and provide tools and products to enable better integration with more traditional investment vehicles such as mutual funds.”
Coinbase estimates $ 20 billion worth of crypto is sidelined until custody solutions make sense. Crypto assets will flow into custody services once they’re available, estimates Sam McIngvale, who’s leading Coinbase’s project — and that number is probably considerably higher with the ubiquity of initial coin offers, for example.
“Such projects would pave the way for vast tracts of investors to expand into crypto,” Bloomberg claims, “potentially reviving prices in markets that have tumbled in recent weeks. Regulated crypto custody would allow more institutional buyers — such as hedge funds and pensions — to invest in Bitcoin, Ether and a multitude of other coins. Retail brokerages would have a safer way to let clients add crypto to portfolios stuffed with stocks and bonds.”
Regulatory clarity in this area seems to also be paramount for future growth in professional circles. Literally hundreds of funds have popped up in recent years, touting crypto toe-dips of one kind or another, and managers worry the, at times trigger happy, US Securities and Exchange Commission could very well fire first with prosecutions, asking questions later. Coinbases of the world, pending formal approval, would go a long way toward easing those concerns.
Do you expect major institutional money to enter the crypto market soon? Let us know in the comments.
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Three Cambodian government bodies have jointly announced that the propagation, circulation, buying, selling, trading, and settlement of cryptocurrencies without obtaining a license are illegal activities. The agencies have also outlined four main risks associated with crypto trading or investing.
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), the Commission of Cambodia, and the General-Commissariat of National Police jointly made a statement regarding the legality of crypto activities in the country. It was signed on May 11 but published on Tuesday, June 19.
“Competent authorities have recently observed that cryptocurrencies such as Kh Coin, Suncoin, K Coin, Onecoin, Forex coin and other similar cryptocurrencies have been propagated, circulated, bought, sold, traded and settled actively in Cambodia,” the trio wrote, adding:
Competent authorities clarify that the propagation, circulation, buying, selling, trading and settlement of cryptocurrencies without obtaining license from competent authorities are illegal activities.
The authorities emphasized that “Any person or legal entity” engaged in any of the above activities without a proper license “shall be penalized in accordance with applicable laws.” However, the statement does not mention bitcoin or any crypto with a large market cap.
Regulators Outline Crypto-Related Risks
The statement continues to explain that the aforementioned crypto-related activities are not regulated by the authorities and “will cause potential risks to the public and society.”
The trio named four specific risks. Firstly, “The issuance of cryptocurrencies is not backed by collateral,” they wrote. Secondly, “Investment in cryptocurrencies may incur losses due to the volatility of its face value.” Then they claim there is a risk of “cybercrime and loss of funds due to the system being hacked.” Lastly, not only is there “no customer protection mechanism” with cryptocurrencies, but the regulators also noted the risks of money laundering and financing of terrorism since “the user of cryptocurrencies is an anonymous person who has no identity or historical records.”
The Cambodian Securities and Exchange Commission previously warned citizens of the risks of trading or investing in cryptocurrencies. In December, the NBC “reconfirmed its stand not to recognize digital currency bitcoin being introduced by some businesses in Cambodia,” the national press agency, AKP, wrote.
The central bank released a resolution in December to all banks and microfinance institutions in the country to ban the trading of cryptocurrencies including bitcoin, the Phnom Penh Post described, adding that, as a result:
Many of these financial institutions prevent customers from using their accounts to buy or sell digital coins or tokens.
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