According to the latest information on the website of AUSTRAC (Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre), digital currency exchanges must have to be registered with authorities now and should also commit to several identity checking and reporting procedures. It’s been confirmed by the Australian government as well that the Australian cryptocurrency exchanges are abided by the new AML (Anti-Money Laundering) rules.
The Australian authorities are trying their best to close the remaining loopholes in cryptocurrency usage, concerning identity management and taxation of cryptocurrency. In contrast to a backdrop of discontent due to such sharp upsurge in scams, last week, the Australian Taxation Office was asked for taxpayer’s contribution into how deductions rising from the cryptocurrency returns should be assembled efficiently.
Meanwhile, exchanges now must follow the four prime rules so that they can function above board, as a part of the security reformation. Following are the four rules:
- Identification and verification of identities of their clients.
- Keeping particular records for 7-years.
- Accepting and maintaining a CTF/ AML program for the identification, alleviation, and management of terrorism financing perils and money laundering.
- 6 months refinement period that will escort the new regulations, in which AUSTRAC will be a lot more compassionate on operators who “fall short of requirements.”
- Reporting to AUSTRAC sceptical issues, and transactions linked to the physical currency of $10,000 and even more.
The laws relating to cryptocurrency exchanges regulations in Australia are also getting stricter, while the government has guaranteed that the investors wouldn’t feel left out. The Australian government took feedback from the public to know what their views are on the cryptocurrency taxation structure and are they going to like it or not.
The ATO (Australian Tax Office) had also posted:
“We’ve timed this consultation to coincide with an update to our website, which should address some of the feedback we have received to date about our cryptocurrency guidance. We’re eager to hear your feedback about cryptocurrency and its tax implications as the technology may impact how business operates in the future.”
Feedback from Taxpayers
Many governments across the world are getting stricter, especially when it comes to the taxation of cryptocurrencies. Many exchanges are being forced by the governments to disclose the data of consumers and to send out subpoenas to investors who have high net-worth. While many governments are getting stricter, the decision of Australian government to get the feedback from taxpayers before applying these tax laws is notable.
Marc Kenigsberg, The CEO of JamWorx states that the Recent drop in the Bitcoin price is a slight retreat from the highs of 2017. In Kenigsberg’s views, there are two main factors which are causing to reduce the value at the moment: Some of the speculative money invested in the last few months by some external investors have reserved off the tables as profits.
The market is still behaving to Bitmain’s threat strategies and the threat of a possible hard fork as a reprisal for UASF.
Bitcoin is ultimately almost 150% YTD and I’m not worried at all. Obviously, the basics are strong and the demand for Bitcoin is increasing.
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What Is the Best Time to Buy More Bitcoin?
Marc also describes that the merchant adoption for Bitcoin is at all-time high and the ecosystem is analyzing record amount of everyday transactions.
Furthermore, an extensive interest is in Bitcoin as a way of payment and there is a fundamental understanding of what it can do.
Marc also explained that if more merchants will accept Bitcoin, then more people will use it and more people will want to get it than ever before. The increased price of Bitcoin is a correction of the aspects that underestimated the price of Bitcoin.
He also advised the community that not to sell Bitcoin and hold them since the price of Bitcoin will surely go high soon.
He further recommended as now is the best time to buy more for everyone that can. From his thinking, a price tag of $2500 may seem an expensive to people today, but it is going to look cheap in a year from now.
Did Speculation Push the Price of Bitcoin?
Marc disagreed that the last price rally of Bitcoin was just because of the speculation. Moreover, he explained that there is a speculation in almost every currency of market but it was not the key factor to increase the price. He also described that the increased price has been the main catalyst for the speculation.
He believes that the world is going to accept and understand Bitcoin as an effective payment method and this is the point which is driving the price up.
Story Credits: Cointelegraph.com
The price of Litecoin has seen a 30% upsurge on Wednesday after the news that Litepay (a payment processor for cryptocurrency) has been set to launch on 26th February. This rally elevated BTC/LTC to its all-time-highs in almost three years and allowed LTC to surpass the $200 marks.
Litecoin Price Surge:
The price of Litecoin at this very moment is valued at $232 with the market cap of $12.8 billion, that lifts it up to number fifth in the rankings.
Apart from the preceding pumps, the trading volume of LTC is consistently distributed in the major exchanges, all around the world. OKEx is the largest global bitcoin/cryptocurrency exchange, whereas GDAX is on the 2nd number.
Tuesday’s rally was a straight response to the announcement that the payment processing company (Litepay) that was formed after the Bitpay industry, is scheduled to be launched on 26th February. This announcement was silently made by the company on Twitter on Monday, however, the word seems to have roamed slowly. They announced that they started is because people asked Bitpay to accept LTC and they wouldn’t, so they had to take the challenge.
According to the company’s website (based on San Francisco), LitePay will be offering many of the features similar to BitPay. Especially, it will be providing businesses with the proficiency to accept LTC payments that are settled up in fiat currency. Moreover, it is also going to release Litecoin debit cards, through which its users can fund with LTC and can use it at almost any retailer.
Since Litecoin price surge, Litcoin has been promoting itself as a “payment-focused cryptocurrency”, the formation of LitePay’s infrastructure will significantly aid its efficacy for this use case. But, then there’s another theory, that Litecoin’s strong pivot could be linked to the announcement, that a developer’s group will be diverging the main Litecoin blockchain on 19th February, for creating Litecoin Cash.
Chief executive and co-founder of San Francisco based cryptocurrency exchange, – Jesse Powell, shared some words of wisdom for investors. Although securities regulators are trying to find different ways of protecting investors from the sham activity, Powell put the whole burden on the investors. But at the same time, he also highlighted that combined market cap of all cryptocurrencies would hit $1 trillion in the coming time. He thinks that consumers have to look out for themselves and into the basics of coins, and do not have depend on any specific exchange to protect them from the market’s instability.
Many people ask that what actually is bitcoin, an investment or a dot com bubble? Many of us may not have forgotten the dotcom bubble which took place in the 2000.
What is the Dotcom Bubble?
The dot com bubble also known as the dot-com bust was a period that occurred from 1997 to 2001. It was in fact an era when the use of Internet fastly grew in terms of various businesses. At that time a lot of internet-based business companies were founded. Such companies were commonly referred to as dot-coms. Unfortunately, a great number of such companies failed with a total loss of all their assets e.g.; companies like Pets.com and Webvan, were a complete failure facing an ultimate shut down. Some stronger companies had to face a decline in their stocks such as Cisco and Qualcomm. These companies lost a large portion of their market share but somehow survived. Even some companies such as eBay and Amazon.com recovered and later on surpassed their lost stock level.
Future of Bitcoin according to Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley is a famous financial firm providing investment banking, wealth management services and securities etc. Recently the performance graph of Bitcoin was strongly criticized by the senior members of Morgan Stanley, some of them even compared it to the dot-com era.
Sheena Shah, a market strategist from Morgan Stanley presented a research report and, in that report, she showed a lot of disappointment with regard to the future of bitcoin. According to Sheena Shah, there are a number of similarities between the tech-laden dot-com era and the rise in price ratio of Bitcoin. Even an accurate comparison was made with that of Nasdaq which took place in 2000.
Sheena Shah stated that the Bitcoin price weakness had a great resemblance with the Nasdaq in 2000.
Basis of Morgan Stanley’s analysis
The bearish market trends faced by bitcoins during the past few years are the basis of the above-mentioned strategy. Bitcoin has faced four major bearish markets since its debut in 2009. Each of these bearish market trends lasted for an average of five months. During those periods the price of bitcoin dropped from 30% to 90%. All that period was like a worst nightmare for the investors.
Even the worst downfall was of 70% at the end of 2017. According to some analysts, the current bearish market trend could proceed further. No doubt, it will be an alarming situation for the investors of bitcoin and all the the other major forms of cryptocurrency.
Sheena Shah also showed her concern about the trading volume of bitcoins which had a great similarity with that of the Nasdaq.