Bitcoin is a huge issue which regulators have to deal with instead of banning it

Suzette Paulsen

January 19, 2018 7:13 am

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Sheila Bair said Bitcoin is a huge issue which regulators have to deal with rather than prohibiting it.

FDIC chair Sheila Bair said:

Bitcoin is something regulators need to deal with but not ban.”

We have never banned assets, says Sheila Bair.

Bair is concerned for the people who are investing in cryptocurrency without knowing what it is.

In the midst of threats of a potential ban on cryptocurrency, previous FDIC Chair Sheila Bair said cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin should be closely observed rather than stopping it.

“It’s something regulators need to manage but not boycott,” Bair said “Fast Money” on Thursday. Bair, who said she does not have any bitcoin, now serves as a board part for Paxos, a financial related firm creating blockchain innovation for cryptocurrencies.

She told:

“I figure some extra direction would be great, and I contend for that, especially on against illegal tax avoidance laws, where I think there is a considerable measure of concerns over the use of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.” 

The former U.S. Government Deposit Insurance Corporation chair served under President George W. Bush amid the monetary crisis in 2008.

Bair said bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies could profit by more scrutiny to ensure there is no control or extortion and that there are clear disclosures so that individuals can settle on educated decisions when investing.

However, banning the asset, she said, would be a mistake.

“We don’t boycott assets,” she said. “Where does that stop?”

“There are a ton of products out there that … in many individuals, minds have questionable value,” she said. “However, … generally, in the U.S. we’ve given markets a chance to value and figure out what the value is.”

Cryptocurrencies showed a huge moment this week over regulators concerns and South Korea’s declaration that it was considering restricting cryptocurrencies, sending investors into a tailspin and activating sell-offs. So far around twelve countries — including France, Bolivia, and Russia — have proposed a restriction on cryptocurrencies or as of now have one.

The nonpredictable market, of which bitcoin is the most mainstream cryptocurrency, lost roughly $200 billion as a result of the sell-offs. That represents 33% of its value since peak exchanging mid-December. Once valued at roughly $19,500 per coin, bitcoin’s worth fell underneath $10,000 on Tuesday.

By Thursday, bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies — including Ripple, Ethereum, and Litecoin — were on the upswing by and by. Bitcoin quickly beat $12,000 on Tuesday, an increase of more than 30 percent from the day preceding. However, prices were still down more than 40 percent from top December prices.

Cryptocurrency’s unstable nature and potential for huge scale gains could be what attracts some market watchers.

Bair’s biggest concern, she said, is that individuals are investing in something they don’t understand.

She included:

“I stress that individuals are getting into this because they’re seeing the skyrocketing returns and the tremendous increase in the value without understanding what it is.”

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