Initial coin offerings should be regulated

Questioning the viability of some cryptocurrency coins, Fred Schebesta, co-founder of comparison website Finder.com, argues initial coin offerings need to be regulated.

There were more than 700 initial coin offerings (ICOs) in 2017, raising nearly $5 billion, according to Forbes, some more serious than others.

ICO regulations

Fred Schebesta, co-founder and chief executive of comparison website Finder.com, says he is unsure how viable some new coins are, and argues ICOs should be regulated. In December, the US Securities and Exchange Commission halted an ICO, saying coins were securities, and an ICO should be regulated just like an initial public offering (IPO). 

Bitcoin: FX or commodity?

Schebesta says in future, bitcoin will be more like gold in that it will be a store of value – the base for other currencies’ valuation. 

Proliferation of other coins

Some coins do what bitcoin cannot, he adds. For example, Civic is an identity coin used for anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) purposes.

Clunky bitcoin

Schebesta defends bitcoin’s longevity, saying it is delivering on its core promise, and is reliable. There are incredible developers working on solving its drawbacks, and like Windows, it will be improved over time.

China

China banned bitcoin trading and ICOs in September 2017. But he thinks the country will remove its ban on bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies in general, in the summer. 

China is one of the most progressive countries in the world, Schebesta added, and have more patents on blockchain than they do in America.

Institutional traffic

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) began trading bitcoin futures on 18 December 2017. Schebesta believes that this will affect spot prices, depending on the timing of contracts. There is more technology to be built, to cope with an influx of big institutional money. He questioned where $100 million of bitcoin can be safely stored, and said that it is early days yet but a good time to get in.

Central bank cryptos

Schebesta also defended the concept of central banks issuing their own cryptocurrencies, noting that it takes three days to get your currency the traditional way, and that you are exposed to foreign exchange risk while it is sitting in someone else’s bank account. In comparison, with cryptocurrencies it would be around five minutes.

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