White House Report Blasts Digital Assets – March 22

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👉 White House Report Blasts Digital Assets

The White House has issued a report criticizing digital assets for failing to live up to their initial promises and raising risks for consumers and the US financial system.

The report casts doubt on the benefits of digital assets, arguing that they do not offer any fundamental value or act as an effective alternative to fiat money. The report also suggests that the US Federal Reserve’s upcoming faster payments network could eliminate much of the argument for digital assets.

Proof-of-work mining, DeFi applications and stablecoins were also criticized in the report.

👉 Bitzlato Exchange To Allow Users To Withdraw 50% Of Funds Following Seizure

Russian cryptocurrency exchange Bitzlato has allowed users to withdraw up to 50% of their assets stuck on the platform following seizure by the US and Europol.

Bitzlato had to convert all user balances to Bitcoin due to technical difficulties associated with servicing multiple other cryptocurrencies after it was seized. The platform plans to provide a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading service by early April 2023.

A Bitzlato representative says users should not expect to recover the remaining 50% of their assets once the peer-to-peer exchange is launched.

👉 Europe Banking Authority To Hire Crypto Experts For MiCA Regulation Enforcement

The European Banking Authority is hiring staff with crypto expertise as it prepares to regulate issuers of large stablecoins under the forthcoming Markets in Crypto Assets (MiCA) regulation.

The EBA is looking for someone with “sound knowledge of crypto-asset products and services” and experience supervising financial institutions to prepare for the establishment of a supervision function under MiCA.

The move is part of wider efforts to enhance crypto-focused staff and may have up to 22 full-time staff working on MiCA. EBA’s Chairman, José Manuel Campa, has previously expressed concerns about being able to enforce MiCA rules if it couldn’t find skilled workers.