South Korea commission admits crypto trading unstoppable

Wednesday 08 January 2020, 5:45 PM AEST - 8 months ago

South Korea commission admits crypto trading 'unstoppable'South Korea commission admits crypto trading 'unstoppable'Acknowledging that the trading of cryptocurrencies is here to stay, an advisory body of the South Korean government is recommending that financial institutions be allowed to offer crypto derivatives.

On Monday, South Koreas Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PCFIR) released a report wherein it recommended that the government take steps to incorporate cryptocurrency into mainstream finance.

As of May 2019, daily crypto-asset trade hit more than 80 trillion won (about US$69 billion) in the world, so it is no longer possible to stop crypto-asset trade.

Specifically, it suggested that financial institutions be allowed to offer cryptocurrency-related products.

The commission also recommended that financial institutions be allowed to directly handle crypto assets and develop custody solutions and that Bitcoin should be listed on Korea Exchange (KRX).

Participants in the traditional capital market such as securities firms and banks should develop and introduce domestic custody solutions to handle crypto assets so that the Korean crypto-asset custody market will not depend on foreign countries.

South Korea should follow United States

The advisory board noted that South Korea could take US regulators as an example, and sanction some products tied to Bitcoin, such as futures contracts to limit the investment risks for the citizens.

In its report to the government, the committee said:

The Korean government has to gradually allow institutional investors to deal in crypto-assets and promote over-the-counter (OTC) desks dedicated to institutional investors trade.

South Koreas interest in cryptocurrency on the rise

The commissions report is just the latest example of South Koreas growing interest in the crypto and blockchain space.

Last year, the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (MOSF) added blockchain to the list of sectors that are eligible for the countrys research and development tax credit.

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