Hong Kong issues its first crypto authorization to brokerage firm

  • There seems to be division in China on its position towards digital assets as regulators approve crypto trading services for institutional investors.
  • This action is likely due to the fear of missing out on Bitcoin's prospects and other blockchain-based currencies.

China may be sending conflicting signals to investors as their approval of cryptocurrencies trading with Fidelity backed brokerage firm contrasts with previous reports of stamping out mining within the region.

China FOMOs into Bitcoin

Notable Chinese cryptocurrency journalist Collin Wu announced that Hong Kong had released a permit for trading digital assets. The license, which happens to be the first of its kind, will allow OSL Digital Securities to serve as an intermediary for market participants who will buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, and security token offerings (STO's).

According to Wu, this brokerage service will be open to only corporate investors seeking to secure digital assets worth over 8 million HKD (approximately $1.032 million). He added that there are concerns about whether or not this move will positively affect Beijing's stance.

The development presents an argument that China is seeking desperate measures not to miss out on the prospects of BTC and other digital assets without going back on its word by providing a gateway for institutional investors to allow easy access. In September 2017, regulatory authorities imposed a ban on cryptocurrency operations, including initial coin offerings (ICO's). This action, which accounted for a 6% drop in Bitcoin price, is one of the country's many efforts to strangle the crypto-related ventures.

In a bid to suppress mining activities, the Chinese government introduced a drastic hike in electricity tariff. Wu, who also reported the incidence, carried out a survey, said that about $74% of the miners struggled with the change and hoped to relocate to a more friendly environment.

This sudden twist of events can be attributed to the growing interest in the number of net worth individuals and organizations who now see Bitcoin as an inflationary hedge. As these fundamental factors continue to build in favor of cryptocurrencies, it will only be a matter of time before it takes full grip of the global economy.

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