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SEC’s Valerie A. Szczepanik: Crypto Spring “is Going to Come”

Valerie A. Szczepanik, Senior Advisor for Digital Assets and Innovation at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is confident that very soon the crypto market will overcome the winter that began during 2018.

Speaking at the SXSW in Austin, Texas, Ms. Szczepanik commented that over time, the SEC is becoming clearer about the nature of cryptocurrencies and the type of treatment they should give to all the different kind of digital assets. This clarity in the criteria of the regulatory agencies will directly result in a boost to the crypto markets by increasing the safety and confidence of users:

I do think if we hope to smell the crypto spring in the air, it will take people walking with the regulators … But I do think the spring is going to come.

SEC is Working Hard (But Slowly)

Over the preceding months, administrative changes within the SEC show to be yielding positive results. The new commissioners have a more proactive stance and suggest to be aligned with the vision of other senior U.S. government officials who see cryptocurrencies as an opportunity to boost the country’s economic and commercial system.

However, she is aware that the work is gradual and that it will probably be difficult for the regulatory bodies to keep pace with the various technological initiatives that are flourishing today thanks to the blockchain hype. She explained that a slow but successful work is better than a fast but deficient one:

I think if you were to propose a new regime of regulations in a precipitous way without really studying it, you might end up steering the technology one way or another.

For the community of cryptocurrency users, the SEC plays a particularly relevant role in two scenarios that have sparked high expectations for users and investors:

  1. Determine whether or not a particular token or ICO is a security by nature. This has taken on particular relevance in well-known cases such as Ethereum and XRP.
  2. Determine if there are appropriate conditions to approve a crypto ETF. This is especially important for the Bitcoin community (BTC) as to date all attempts have been unsuccessful.

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Things I Did… Bitcoin Braces for Bear Market With Feel-Good Tweets

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) may be up slightly Wednesday, but that hasn’t exactly raised the spirits of the asset’s most avid investors.

Rather, with the market now down roughly 70 percent from 2017’s highs, many HOLDers, the bitcoin faithful who have vowed never to sell, are becoming convinced they might have seen the last big rally before another long-time bear market (as happened in 2014).

In crypto lingo, it’s time to put on some gloves for another “crypto winter.”

Put more simply, investors now think they’ll face a long period where the market might be unable to attract new investment. Adding to the reasoning? It’s happened before.

The cryptocurrency once dropped by 70 percent in a seven-month time period from June to January 2015 – the longest bear market time period in crypto. At the time, many people panicked and sold.

Except this time, bitcoin’s faithful say they will stay more optimistic.

To remind themselves of what happened in the past (and to prepare for a possibly tough time ahead), an online meme titled “things I did during the 14/15 bear market” is trending on social media right now.

It all started from Twitter user @PhilCrypto77’s tweet yesterday.

And then @WhalePanda followed:

Soon, it was over all Twitter.

Getting sentimental

Some of the posts were pretty serious and inspiring:

Jokin’ around

Others took a more delightful and entertaining tone:

Still, it’s important to remember why the meme is still trendy, as it reflects how HODLers have learned how to stay calm during tough times. In some ways, this means even the most sophomoric might actually be a sign that the industry is maturing.

So, how are you HODLing up?

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