The biggest news in the cryptoverse for Sept 16 includes the crypto community arguing that ETH could be considered a security post-merge, the Whitehouse releasing a framework for crypto regulation, U.S. banks pausing crypto lending plans amid challenging SEC guidelines, Celsius seeking approval to sell $23M worth of stablecoin assets.
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Debate rages over whether Ethereum should be considered a security post-Merge
SEC chairman Gary Gensler said that cryptocurrencies that allow for staking might be classified as securities based on the Howey test.
With Ethereum’s successful transition to a PoS network, some crypto community members expressed concern that ETH could be considered a security and attract undue regulatory attention.
Others argued that the technological difference between PoW and PoS is not a reason to classify ETH differently.
White House releases inaugural framework for crypto regulation
The long-anticipated framework released today proffered recommendations on issues relating to cryptocurrency regulation, cracking down on crypto fraud, and decoupling the broader economy from future contagion in the crypto market.
The White House also hinted at the feasibility of developing a Digital Dollar to create a more efficient payment system that will bring the financial service industry up to standard.
With the Merge done, it’s all eyes on Cardano’s Vasil upgrade
Cardano’s Input Output (I.O.) published an ecosystem readiness update reiterating that the network is ready for the Vasil hard fork to take place on Sept 22.
The Vasil hard fork will enhance Cardano’s network performance by increasing its throughput and script efficiency and reducing latency in block transmission.
Reuters reports central U.S. banks are pausing crypto lending plans amid challenging SEC guidelines.
According to a recent SEC guideline, crypto assets held in custody by public companies must be accounted for as liabilities.
To this end, central U.S. banks like Bancorp and State Street are slowing done on their crypto custody services due to the need to hold more cash to cover their crypto liabilities.
Celsius seeks court approval to sell $23M worth of stablecoin assets
Celsius Network holds about $23 million in eleven different forms of stablecoins. The bankrupt crypto lender asked the court to allow it to sell the stablecoins for U.S. dollars.
Celsius opted to sell the stablecoins to generate more liquidity to fund its business operations.
Bitcoin falls below all key moving averages for the fifth time ever
According to data analyzed by CryptoSlate, Bitcoin has fallen below the 60-day, 120-day, 200-day, 360-day, and 720-day moving averages for the fifth time.
By implication, the current BTC price is at the bear circle’s low. For many analysts, this presents a “generational buy” opportunity.
News from around the Cryptoverse
ECB sets the stage to launch digital euro
The European Central Bank (ECB) chose Amazon, CaixaBank, Worldline, EPI, and Nexi to develop a prototype for its digital euro.
The prototype will help the ECB develop user interfaces that suit different segments of its target users.
GrayScale Investment moves to sell ETHPOW tokens
Two funds owned by Grayscale Investments received 3,100,629 ETHPoW tokens as an airdrop. The firm announced its intention to sell the tokens as soon as trading liquidity is developed for ETHW.
Binance misallocates $20m Helium’s HNT tokens.
Binance mistakenly sent 4,8 million HNT tokens in place of Helium’s secondary token, MOBILE. The accounting error has cost the crypto exchange about $20 million.
Osmosis co-founder questions the effectiveness of ETH staking post-merge
Osmosis Co-Founder Sunny Aggarwal said that Ethereum’s staking design model, which limits withdrawals, is not practical.
He added that the inability of users to withdraw staked ETH has contributed to the growing deviation of Lido’s stETH price from the underlying ETH.
Bitcoin was flat today, Sept 16, trading down just -0.01% in the last 24 hours. Bitcoin price sat around $19,700 throughout the day, while Ethereum traded at $1,438.41, a decrease of -2.7%.