Bitcoin, Bitcoin energy use, payments systems

The environmental impact of cryptocurrencies looms large among the many concerns voiced by sceptics. Earlier this year, Agustín Carstens, who runs the influential Bank for International Settlements, called Bitcoin “a combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster.” Carstens’ first two indictments have been…

digital payments, payment systems, FinTech, financial innovation, Supreme Court

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that credit card provider American Express’ long-standing policy of including anti-“steering” clauses in its contracts with merchants was not anti-competitive. Steering is the practice whereby merchants discourage customers from paying with comparably high-cost cards like Amex and to use Visa or Mastercard…

cryptocurrencies, cryptoassets, bitcoin, securities regulation, howey test, howey coin, sec, securities and exchange commission

Should cryptocurrencies be regulated like securities? Financial regulators have been pondering this question for some time. In a Briefing Paper published today by the Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, I suggest that securities regulation would only seem warranted in certain clearly circumscribed cases. For…

cryptocurrency, cryptoassets, Bitcoin, financial regulation

When the New York Attorney General launched an inquiry into cryptocurrency exchanges last week, his office cited “significant volatility, instability, and risk” as motivating factors for the probe. This echoes statements by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and Agustín Carstens of the Bank for International Settlements….