Cryptocurrencies are dominating every conversation across the world today.
In January 2020, Bitcoin crossed the $40,000-mark and skyrocketed after Tesla said it will start accepting Bitcoin payments.
But, on Wednesday, Bitcoin had slid by 13 percent and Ethereum by 15 percent. The tumble started after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will not accept Bitcoin in payments, citing environmental concerns created by cryptocurrency mining.
‘Buy the dip’ investors are now warned by financial advisers to wait before investing.
Bitcoin’s downfall can also be traced to China’s crackdown on cryptocurrencies. On Tuesday, China confirmed that it is banning financial institutions and payment platforms from providing services related to cryptocurrency transactions. The country also warned investors against speculative cryptocurrency trading.
Several cryptocurrencies have been witnessing record growth in value, propelled by global giants like Tesla, PayPal, JP Morgan, and Visa.
India, too, is seeing increased trading and investments in this sector.
After the Supreme Court of India lifted the ban on cryptocurrency exchanges in March 2020, homegrown crypto exchange CoinDCX reached an astounding trading value of more than $1.5 billion a month.
For the Delhi-based startup, this led to its user base growing from 150K to 400K investors on its exchange in the last 15 months.
Co-founders Sumit Gupta and Neeraj Khandelwal say the growth has been incredible, with the trading volume close to $0.5 billion per month from April 2020, crossing $1 billion in January 2021, and $1.5 billion in April 2021.
However, with the Indian government coming out with “The Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021,” CoinDCX, along with other industry players and experts, have been constantly engaging with the government and other relevant stakeholders for a positive framework.
They are highlighting the size of the crypto ecosystem in the country, and the financial opportunities for millions of Indian investors, such that the regulators will usher sensible and positive regulations for the industry.
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