India to Consider Allowing Crypto Trading for Some Investors

Crypto Trading India: India is considering a proposal to treat cryptocurrencies as a financial asset while safeguarding small investors, according to people familiar with the matter.

The discussions come as authorities race to finalize a bill Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government wants to present to parliament in the session starting Nov. 29. The legislation may stipulate a minimum amount for investments in digital currencies, while banning their use as legal tender, the people said, asking not to be identified as no final decision has been taken.

Policy makers left themselves some wiggle room when they posted a description of the bill on parliament’s website late Tuesday, by saying the bill seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies except “certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses.”

The uncertainty triggered a sell-off on Wednesday in cryptocurrencies including Shiba Inu and Dogecoin, which were at one point down more than 20% in trading on the WazirX platform, one of India’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges. They were far less affected on trading platforms such as Binance or Kraken.

What Is Cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a form of payment that can be exchanged online for goods and services. Many companies have issued their own currencies, often called tokens, and these can be traded specifically for the good or service that the company provides. Think of them as you would arcade tokens or casino chips. You’ll need to exchange real currency for the cryptocurrency to access the good or service.

Cryptocurrencies work using a technology called blockchain. Blockchain is a decentralized technology spread across many computers that manages and records transactions. Part of the appeal of this technology is its security.

Crypto Trading India

A spokesman for the finance ministry couldn’t be immediately reached for a comment. 

The Reserve Bank of India wants a complete ban on digital currencies as the central bank feels it could affect the nation’s macroeconomic and financial stability. While the government is considering taxing gains from cryptocurrency in the next budget, Governor Shaktikanta Das last week said the country needs much deeper discussions on the issue. 

The Prime Minister’s Office is actively looking at the issue, and once the contents of the bill are finalized it would be taken to the Cabinet for its approval, the people said.  

Earlier this month, Modi held a meeting on cryptocurrencies, after which officials said India wont let unregulated crypto markets become avenues for money laundering and terror financing. Later, in a speech last week, he urged democratic nations to cooperate in regulating private virtual currencies failing which they could land up in the “wrong hands”.

How many cryptocurrencies are there? What are they worth?

More than 14,500 different cryptocurrencies are traded publicly, according to CoinMarketCap.com, a market research website. And cryptocurrencies continue to proliferate. The total value of all cryptocurrencies on Nov. 24 2021, was more than $2.5 trillion, having fallen off an all-time high above $2.9 trillion days earlier. The total value of all bitcoins, the most popular digital currency, was pegged at about $1.1 trillion.

Best cryptocurrencies by market capitalization

These are the 10 largest trading cryptocurrencies by market capitalization as tracked by CoinMarketCap, a cryptocurrency data and analytics provider.

CryptocurrencyMarket Capitalization
Bitcoin$1.1 trillion
Ethereum$492 billion
Binance Coin$94.3 billion
Tether$73 billion
Solana$62.1 billion
Cardano$61.7 billion
XRP$49.8 billion
Polkadot$40.1 billion
USD Coin$34.4 billion
Dogecoin$30.5 billion

Data current as of Nov. 24, 2021. 

India to Consider Allowing Crypto Trading for Some Investors via @goldsilverrepor
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