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Janet Yellen Clarifies Stance on ‘Curtailing’ Cryptocurrency Use

Her written testimony, released today, notes the benefits and potential of crypto assets to the financial system.

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In brief

  • President Biden’s nominee for Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, said in oral testimony Tuesday that cryptocurrency crime was of “particular concern.”
  • Her written testimony is more even-handed about digital assets’ benefits and drawbacks.
  • As Treasury Secretary, Yellen would have purview over the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

Janet Yellen has more to say about cryptocurrency.

During her Senate confirmation hearing on January 19, President Biden’s nominee for Treasury Secretary said “cryptocurrencies are of particular concern” when it comes to facilitating crime, including terrorist activity.

In written testimony released today, however, Yellen struck a more measured note, noting their “potential” to improve the financial system.

Yellen’s oral remarks on Tuesday came in response to a question from Democratic Senator Maggie Hassan about some cryptocurrencies being used to fund terrorism. Hassan asked, “Can you outline some of these emerging technological concerns and how Treasury should combat new forms of terrorism criminal financing?”

In other words, it was a narrow question. Moreover, Yellen’s response—in part, that “we really need to examine ways in which we can curtail their use”—was confined to the end of the five minutes allocated to Sen. Hassan for questions. 

The written testimony gave Yellen a chance to more fully express her views. The question submitted by the Senate Committee on Finance asked: “Dr. Yellen, what do you view as the potential threats and benefits these innovations and technologies will have on U.S. national security? Do you think more needs to be done to ensure we have appropriate safeguards and regulations for digital and cryptocurrencies in place?”

She responded: 

“I think it important we consider the benefits of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets, and the potential they have to improve the efficiency of the financial system.”

After noting that digital assets can be used for terrorism and money laundering, she continued: 

“I think we need to look closely at how to encourage their use for legitimate activities while curtailing their use for malign and illegal activities. If confirmed, I intend to work closely with the Federal Reserve Board and the other federal banking and securities regulators on how to implement an effective regulatory framework for these and other fintech innovations.”

Yellen is already intimately familiar with the Federal Reserve Board. She chaired it from 2014 to 2018.

As Treasury Secretary, Yellen would have purview over the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a Treasury bureau that combats money laundering and terrorism.

FinCEN, under Trump-era Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, proposed new rules for reporting transactions to private crypto wallets that would fully subject virtual currencies to the Bank Secrecy Act. Transactions of more than $3,000 would have to be recorded, while those totalling more than $10,000 in a 24-hour period would have to be reported to FinCEN. President Biden yesterday put a freeze on all federal rulemaking, meaning the FinCEN proposal will first be reviewed by Biden appointees, i.e., Yellen and her designated FinCEN chair.

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to vote on Yellen’s nomination Friday morning, after which it goes to the full chamber for a vote.

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Real Estate Giant Teams up with Gemini to Buy Bitcoin and Allow BTC Rent Payments

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Caruso, one of the largest estate companies in the US, has entered the BTC space with an undisclosed investment. The organization also revealed it will begin accepting bitcoin as payment for rent following a partnership with Gemini – the cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins.

Pay Rent with Bitcoin

Without specifying the precise amount, Caruso announced earlier that it had made a “significant initial investment” in the primary cryptocurrency as part of its treasury management strategy. The move has made the company “the first to adopt the technology in the real estate industry.”

The firm completed the purchase through a partnership with Gemini, a US-based cryptocurrency exchange and custodian. The innovation reinforced the company’s confidence in the digitizing space.

Additionally, the firm enabled its tenants to pay rent with bitcoin, should they choose to do so.

Rick Caruso, founder, and CEO of the company weighed in on the topic:


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”We believe that cryptocurrency is here to stay. We believe that bitcoin is the right investment for us. We’ve allocated a percentage of what would normally go into the capital market into bitcoin.”

The billionaire went further and stated crypto is a long-term resolution and ”it’s not about the next year or five years”.

”We are thrilled to partner with Caruso as they continue to push the real estate sector to new heights by embracing cryptocurrency for the benefit of both their customer experience and their own business operations. We are excited to help them execute their digital asset treasury strategy and advise them more broadly throughout their cryptocurrency journey.” – commented Gemini’s CEO Tyler Winklevoss.

The Los Angeles-based company has become a part of the growing institutional adoption of bitcoin around the globe. According to experts, companies like MicroStrategy, MassMutual, Tesla, and more are a vital factor behind BTC’s recent price increase.

Bitcoin as a Form of Payment

While Caruso may be the first firm from the real estate industry to adopt BTC as a payment method, companies from other sectors have well preceded it. Most recently, the popular NBA team Sacramento Kings said it will give the option to its players to receive their salaries in the primary cryptocurrency.

Another fresh example is the UK private jet company – PrivateFly. The organization revealed that nearly 20% of its yearly payments were paid in bitcoin.

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Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

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Binance Coin registered huge gains in the past few weeks. BitTorrent Token could consolidate before seeing recovery, while Ontology could face selling pressure if it falls out of the rising channel it was trading within.

Binance Coin [BNB]

Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: BNB/USDT on TradingView

From March 25 to April 10, at the time of writing, BNB has climbed from $225 to $473. Using the Fibonacci tool for its move from $225 to $356, where BNB had faced some resistance in early April, extension levels were plotted. These levels have been reached, and more ambitious targets for BNB lie in the $550 region.

It is not out of the question that BNB reaches these levels, especially with the BNB quarterly burning set for later this month. On the hourly, the RSI continued to stay above neutral 50 to show an uptrend in progress, and no divergence was seen. The Stochastic RSI was dropping toward oversold territory.

BitTorrent Token [BTT]

Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: BTT/USDT on TradingView

On the hourly chart, BTT broke out of a descending channel but was rejected at the $0.01 resistance level. Sometimes, breakouts from descending channel consolidate within a range before reaching toward the peak of the channel.

This could be what is happening for BTT. It has resistance at $0.01 and support at $0.0075. The breakout point at $0.0085 is also likely to serve as support.

Trading volume was trending downward. The Awesome Oscillator showed bearish pressure was present, although it was not strong.

Ontology [ONT]

Binance Coin, BitTorrent Token, Ontology Price Analysis: 10 April

Source: ONT/USDT on TradingView

ONT was also trading within a channel, but this one was ascending. Again, the short-term outlook placed ONT right beside a level of importance. There was resistance for ONT at the $2.05 level, and support from the lower boundary of the rising channel.

ONT began trading within this pattern about three days prior to the time of writing. A session close beneath the channel would likely see ONT face further selling pressure to take it to the base of the channel at $1.72. THE OBV has been on an uptrend in recent days but the MACD was beginning to drop.


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IOTA co-founder discloses Coordicide’s release date

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The cryptocurrency market has seen the altcoins surge despite the correction witnessed in the short term. IOTA, the altcoin ranked 27th on CoinMarketCap, has grown dramatically on the charts right from the start of the month.

IOTA co-founder Dominik Schiener recently did one of his systematic AMA sessions. He elucidated some of the most important concepts about the development of IOTA and its updates, Chrysalis and Coordicide.

To begin with, Schiener answered a question about the challenges that IOTA 2.0 or Coordicide might face in its deployment process. One of the issues faced by the group of developers was to discover and fix bugs on major components.

The co-founder further shared his optimism on the progress in the AMA session.

“Coordicide will fully decentralize IOTA. On the theoretical side we are doing very well to deliver what is promised which is a fully decentralized IOTA. I think the biggest risk is the implementation.”

At this very moment, IOTA targetted Q4 of this year as a tentative date for Coordicide’s rollout. However, this depends largely on the results of the incentivized testnet, Schiener said:

“A lot of that will depend on how well the incentivized testnet goes, that’s why we always say that the incentivized test network is the most important part of Coordicide. That’s where the research combines with the implementation to test in an open environment.”

Furthermore, Schiener addressed concerns regarding data sharding. The Value Tangle team, just like the Coordicide team, reviewed all the “paths” and possible implementation of this component. Schiener stated:

“I think when it comes to sharding, if I had to sum it up, I think the biggest risk is going to be building a solution that is going to kill IOTA adoption. In a similar way of how they said the biggest risk to Ethereum is Ethereum 2.0.”

What’s interesting to note here, is the analogy with ETH and ETH 2.0. 

Keeping all the risks in mind, Schiener concluded:

“With that in mind, the team have received feedback from their corporate partners to create a solution that the market wants. In large part, Chrysalis will be the culmination of that feedback.”


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