Everyone needs an exchange.
We’ve said that over and over in the face of the crypto crowd’s contention that governments cannot truly stamp out trading in digital currencies.
Obviously, people who really want to find a way to obtain cryptocurrencies in exchange for dollars, euros, etc. will be able to so, but the vast majority of those fueling the speculative bubble simply won’t bother with it in the event governments decide to close the exchanges or worse, make convertibility into traditional currencies outright illegal.
That latter proposition may seem far-fetched in light of the recent launch of Bitcoin futures in the U.S. and the ongoing speculation about Wall Street wading into cryptocurrency market making, but we are just one crypto-related destabilizing financial event and/or one crypto-financed major terrorist attack away from DM governments going full-Xi with something draconian on the regulatory front.
Last week, we got still more evidence that China’s ongoing effort to do away with what the Party recently called a “tricked up bubble” is far from exhausted when the Wall Street Journal confirmed reports that Beijing is cracking down on miners. The timing there left something to be desired as it came amid an increasingly aggressive posture on exchanges from authorities in South Korea.
Well on Monday, Bloomberg is out suggesting that Beijing is set to unleash a new set of measures because you know, "sneaky Hobbitses" and all...