Bitcoin: Speculative Bubble, Financial Risk and Regulatory Response

Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (2018), Vol. 33(3), pp. 178-182

5 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2018

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Lerong Lu

University of Bristol Law School

Date Written: March 1, 2018

Abstract

In this article, the author tracks developments in bitcoin trading and considers regulatory responses.

Key Points:

● 2017 has witnessed a so-called bitcoin bubble, as entrepreneurs and professional investors rushed into the market to take a bet on the upcoming cryptocurrency age. The price of a bitcoin exceeded $19,300 in December 2017, worth only $0.06 in July 2010.

● The popularity of bitcoin mining and trading activities has raised legal and regulatory concerns pertaining to anti-money laundering, evasion of forex regulations, the illegal fundraising of start-ups by Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), as well as a potential financial crisis.

● Global financial regulators have acted proactively to regulate bitcoin. Most recently, China, once accounting for 90% of bitcoin trading volume, issued an immediate ban of ICOs and ordered the reorganisation of three major bitcoin exchanges: OKCoin, Huobi and BTCC. Over-The-Counter (OTC) transactions have not been affected.

● Financial authorities in certain countries have been testing state-backed cryptocurrencies.

Keywords: bitcoin, cryptocurrency, financial bubble, financial regulation, initial coin offering

Suggested Citation

Lu, Lerong, Bitcoin: Speculative Bubble, Financial Risk and Regulatory Response (March 1, 2018). Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law (2018), Vol. 33(3), pp. 178-182. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3141234

Lerong Lu (Contact Author)

University of Bristol Law School ( email )

Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road Clifton
Bristol BS8 1RJ, BS8 1RJ
United Kingdom

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