Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have come under unprecedented scrutiny in the aftermath of the collapse of major crypto exchange FTX.
Calls for stricter regulatory controls have grown to a cacophony over the last week as the amount of money thought to have been lost by FTX and its sister company Alameda Research reaches eye-popping levels and threatens to engulf the wider crypto market.
“and that no one may buy or sell except one who has [a]the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Rev 13:17
Now, following the latest gathering of the Group of 20 (G20) industrialized countries in Indonesia, the leaders of the attending countries called the need for international rules to govern the fast-growing bitcoin and crypto space “critical” and said potential risks to “financial stability” needed to be mitigated.
“It is critical to build public awareness of risks, to strengthen regulatory outcomes and to support a level playing field, while harnessing the benefits of innovation,” the G20 leaders, including U.S. president Joe Biden, wrote in a statement posted to the White House website following the meeting this week in Bali, Indonesia.
Last month, global financial standard-setter the Financial Stability Board (FSB) proposed rules that would subject crypto companies and markets to the same tough rules that govern traditional finance.
“We welcome the FSB’s proposed approach for establishing a comprehensive international framework for the regulation of crypto-asset activities based on the principle of ‘same activity, same risk, same regulation,'” the G20 leaders said, adding they want to “ensure that the crypto-assets ecosystem, including so-called [traditional currency-pegged] stablecoins, is closely monitored and subject to robust regulation, supervision, and oversight to mitigate potential risks to financial stability.”