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Famous crypto attorney and crypto advocate John Deaton continues to criticize the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for the way it treats crypto and crypto businesses.

Deaton says he is willing to testify on the stand about all that he has learned surrounding the way Gary Gensler’s SEC handles anything concerning cryptocurrencies.

In addition, the crypto lawyer said that the SEC attorneys threatened to bankrupt American startup LBRY before launching a lawsuit against it, and then really did so after filing the case, despite the fact that the case did not include fraud or misrepresentation.

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Last year, the SEC filed a lawsuit against LBRY for selling securities without first registering them. The Chief Executive Officer of LBRY, Jeremy Kauffman, said that the company had groveled in front of the SEC and volunteered to make any type of modifications. They provided an offer to make modifications concerning Ethereum and Bitcoin, both of which are designated as not being securities.

Kauffman told Deaton:

“I honestly don’t care about arguing the penalties. I mean, the SEC has won. LBRY is almost certainly dead. The SEC’s objective of bankrupting us through the process, which they threatened privately three years ago, they succeeded.”

In addition, during the hearing, Kauffman pleaded for clarity for the people who utilize the platform as well as transparency surrounding the transactions that take place on the secondary market. According to Deaton, an investigation into the situation is scheduled to take place on January 30.

Keep in mind that the SEC has already conceded on the record that many LBC token holders, if not the vast majority, did not see LBRY’s token as an investment and utilized the tokens for personal consumption rather than as a means to generate a financial gain.

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Crypto Market Turns Red – Here Are The Key Events To Watch This Week

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The crypto market started the year on a positive note where most of the cryptocurrencies doubled their value. Since the start of 2023 Bitcoin has jumped nearly 40% and managed to hit a high of $23,861 just a day before, on January 29. This phenomenon pushed the overall cryptocurrencies on a brighter side where even the global crypto market cap has moved beyond the $1 trillion mark.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is valued at $23,236 after a fall of 1.32% over the last 24hrs.

However, many industry experts have claimed that the upcoming week will not be a cakewalk for the crypto market. This is because they expect many global events that might rebound the positive market and the same is already felt as BTC loses nearly 2% in the last 24hrs.

Top Events Affecting Crypto Market

  1. Fed’s Interest Rate Hike

The Federal Open Market Committee or also known as FOMC is set to have its next meeting on February 1st. Even though most of the investors and traders expect the US Federal Reserve to reduce the interest rate hike by 25bps, the possibility for 50 bps is still under consideration. Further, this interest rate hike will influence Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s approach.

  1. Interest Rate Hike By European Central Bank

Next, as per the reports, the European Central Bank is expected to increase interest rate by 50 bps. Along with the European Central Bank, even the Bank of England is set to hike interest rates by 50 bps on February 2nd.

  1. Major Tech Companies To Release Quarterly Results

It’s a known fact that the crypto market is always correlated with the US stock market, especially Nasdaq 100. This week major tech companies like Meta, Apple, Google and Microsoft are set to release their quarterly report which will have a deep impact on Bitcoin.

  1. US Unemployment Data

This week the US Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the non-farm payrolls and their unemployment rate data. As of December 2022, the US unemployment data has decreased to 3.5% as the country’s economy had added 223,000 jobs during the same time.

The coming week will be extremely important for the crypto market because of which the traders and investors will have to reconsider their investment decisions.

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Why Crypto Market Dropped Suddenly? Here Are The Top Reasons

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The Bitcoin price saw a modest increase over the weekend, reaching near $24k, however, these gains were short-lived and were erased during the European trading session as the price fell to around $23k.

The crypto market saw a liquidation of over $116 million in the past 24 hours. According to the latest market update from Coingecko, the total crypto market capitalization has decreased by 2% to $1.087 trillion.

The decline in Bitcoin price is indicative of a dip in the entire crypto market, as expected. Ethereum is currently trading at around $1,578, a 2% decrease from its value earlier today.

Among meme coins, Floki Inu experienced the largest decline, dropping 17% and trading at around $0.00002375.

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Factors Attributing To BTC’s Price Crash

The fluctuations in Bitcoin’s market can be attributed to various macroeconomic factors, including the upcoming statement from the Federal Reserve on interest rates.

Most analysts anticipate the Fed to raise interest rates by over 25 basis points, which Mathew Dixon, CEO of Evai.io, believes will drive the Bitcoin price upward. 

Additionally, a declining dollar is seen as a positive for Bitcoin, which is widely considered as a hedge against inflation.

#FOMC interest rate decision +25bps will likely spark a relief rally in #Btc #Altcoins and risk assets so long as expectations are met that interest rate increases are slowing whilst economy is currently robust. However economy will slow dramatically in coming months imo #Evai pic.twitter.com/tQZnbNAXCb

— Matthew Dixon – CEO Evai (@mdtrade) January 29, 2023

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Despite this, there have been ongoing discussions about a potential correction in Bitcoin’s price.

Binance has been accused of manipulating the market by pumping up the price using its BUSD market. As a result, it is expected that short-term holders and miners will outnumber the whale buyers, leading to a correction.

As January 2023 draws to a close, crypto analysts will closely monitor the monthly close. According to popular analyst Rekt Capital, a close above $23.4k on the monthly candle would indicate bullish sentiment.

Meanwhile, long-term Bitcoin attributes indicate a possible multi-week consolidation towards next year’s halving event. Most analysts expect Bitcoin to retest ATH and enter the price discovery region after the 2024 halving.

As the crypto market continues to evolve, it will be interesting to see how the industry reacts to the latest developments. Do you think Bitcoin will bounce back or continue its downward trend? Let us know your predictions.

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Breaking! Philippines Securities Regulator Wants Public Opinions To Draft The Country’s Crypto Law

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Breaking! Philippines Securities Regulator Wants Public Opinions To Draft The Country’s Crypto Law

The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking a significant step towards regulating the crypto sector in the country as they have released a bunch of draft rules and regulations and are now seeking feedback from the public to finalize the laws.

This is a solid step for the crypto industry in the Philippines and a sign that the government is taking a proactive approach to providing a safe and encrypted environment for digital asset transactions.

Moreover, this is a crucial moment for the crypto community as users in the Philippines will be able to have their say and influence the future of the sector as the SEC is open to hearing from individuals, organizations, and businesses involved in the crypto industry and wants to ensure that the rules and regulations are fair, effective, and in line with international best practices. 

Filipino Crypto Users Get In A Conversation With The SEC

The Philippines SEC is seeking public view to draft its crypto law and bring the crypto business under the general consumer protection law. Previously, the SEC stepped up to get crypto under rules and regulations in order to protect investors’ funds just after the sudden fall of the crypto exchange FTX. 

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Now, the regulatory body is inviting the public to comment on these draft rules, creating a chance for crypto enthusiasts to come together and shape the future of the industry in the Philippines. 

With the implementation of the Financial Products and Services Consumer Protection Act signed by former President Rodrigo R. Duterte, the regulator is stepping up to ensure that everyone involved in the crypto space can provide suggestions with confidence. 

However, the act does not indicate any specific names or crypto firms; the draft includes crypto in the classification of securities. The draft law will accept public views, including opinions and suggestions, till 7 February.

Crypto Adoption To Skyrocket In Philippines 

The Philippines is on fire with the crypto fever that swept the nation in 2022! With the bull market at its peak, everyone wanted a piece of the action, and adoption skyrocketed. But as the market cooled and high-profile bankruptcies made headlines, regulators stepped in to bring stability to the wild west of crypto.

And now, the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking charge and leading with its bold move to regulate the crypto space. But they’re not just talking the talk; they’re walking the walk with a draft of rules that will put the crypto industry in the Philippines on a level playing field with the rest of the world. 

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The draft law states, “Securities shall include ‘tokenized securities products’ or those which grew with the abstraction of key characteristics from cryptocurrency’s underlying distributed ledger technology to apply in the traditional financial sector.”

It further states, “It is the policy of the State to ensure that appropriate mechanisms are in place to protect the interest of consumers of financial products and services under the conditions of transparency, fair and sound market conduct, and fair, reasonable, and effective handling of financial consumer disputes, which are aligned with global best practices.”

The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is making it known that they mean business when it comes to regulating the crypto industry! As the crypto industry is getting bigger every day, the SEC wants to make sure everyone is abiding by the rules.

Therefore, a violation of the law will force the authority to suspend a director, executive, or employee of a crypto firm. Additionally, if a firm is found to violate the new regulations, the SEC has the power to suspend their entire operation. In addition, the country’s Market Securities and Registration Department (MSRD) will be deployed to review firms offering crypto services and securities to the residents of the Philippines. 

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