Bitcoin price WARNING: Governments to END cryptocurrency to stop ‘CROOKS’ spreading crime

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

BITCOIN price has begun to recover from a huge plunge driven by investors’ fears of a trading crackdown but the cryptocurrency world could be rocked by another crisis, according to financier Bill Browder.

Wed, Jan 24, 2018

Bitcoin, Ripple and ethereum prices crashed down after the South Korean Government announced it would impose stricter regulation on cryptocurrency trading.

But while bitcoin value appears to be slowly recovering from the plunge, the financier warned global Governments will seek to regulate trading to crackdown on criminal activities exploiting criminal activities.

He said: “Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a way for bad dictators or criminals to bypass sanctions and so from my perspective, and I think from the perspective of politicians around the world, governments are not going to allow that to happen.

“They will eventually regulate all cryptocurrencies in the same way you can’t take out more than $10,000 out of the bank without reporting it to the US Government, they’re not going to allow people to take a million worth of bitcoin and move it from Russia to Switzerland. That’s just not going to happen.”

The Hermitage CEO said regulation will ultimately lead to the “tough” and “devastating” end of bitcoin due to increased amounts of transparency and loss of “libertarian freedom” which currently characterises cryptocurrency trading activities.

Libertarian economists rally in favour of the utmost level of economic freedom and autonomy in trade, warning against government power and control over economic matters.

Speaking to CNBC, Mr Browder continued: “Eventually it’s going to be regulated and as it gets regulated one of the prime aspects of bitcoin will disappear, which is this libertarian freedom.

“What we’ve seen over the last 10 years is technologies get ahead of regulation. It’s true with Facebook and Twitter with information.

“It’s true with bitcoin in terms of money laundering. They will get to it and when they get to it, it will be extremely tough and devastating and hurt the share price.”

Bitcoin is known to have a massive scaling problem with a huge drag on the time needed to complete a transaction and the cost of fees for doing so.

Bitcoin’s popularity has caused demand to skyrocket throughout 2017, pushing other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and ethereum to also reap the benefits of the cryptocurrency craze.

According to Coindesk, bitcoin was trading for $11,335.56 at 2.49pm GMT on January 24. Ripple’s price was recorded at $1.38 at while competitor ethereum traded for $1,060.05 at 2.49pm.

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