• Regulation,  United States

    Sens. Lummis and Gillibrand Issue Serious, Thoughtful Crypto Proposal

    Responsible Financial Innovation Act isn’t perfect, but it’s a hell of a start

    On Tuesday, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), introduced the Responsible Financial Innovation Act, aimed at — finally— creating a real regulatory framework for digital assets. The senators stated in their press release that the goal of the legislation was to encourage “responsible financial innovation, flexibility, transparency and robust consumer protections while integrating digital assets into existing law.” This is a laudable goal. And painfully overdue. But as with any legislation—especially a groundbreaking bill in a fast-changing part of technology—it’s very tough to assess this proposal’s strengths. We read the entire 69-page bill. And there’s even a helpful 6-page summary. To our eyes, this proposed legislation is a rock-solid…

  • Cryptocurrencies,  People,  Politics,  Technology,  United States

    Can Cryptocurrency Disrupt The Dollar?

    Meme token pumps, politicians give their take, and old vs new money

    Santa Floki On Christmas day, Elon Musk made a seemingly harmless tweet about his dog, Floki, wearing a Santa Claus costume. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX generates social media buzz with nearly every tweet he makes. This tweet in particular caused some select individuals to make a lot of money. Santa Floki (HOHOHO) is one of the thousands of dog based meme tokens that float around the cryptocurrency community. The meme token has seen gains of over 5000% in a couple days, all because of an Elon Musk tweet. Musk was not referring to the Santa Floki token, but was literally making a Twitter post about his dog for…

  • Regulation,  United States

    Is Gary Gensler’s Bark Worse Than His Bite?

    Chairman seeks greater authority, but Americans—and a Connecticut jury—aren’t convinced

    SEC Chairman Gary Gensler thinks investors needs more protection when it comes to Crypto, telling a key Senate committee recently that when it comes to financing, issuing, lending or trading Crypto, more is better when it comes to Crypto regulation. Following his testimony, Gensler characterized U.S. securities laws in a way that brings to mind the wide nets that industrial fishing trawlers use to snare vast numbers of tuna on the open seas. And if you happen to be pondering a foray into the staking arena be warned, he said, because lending products are likely to fall under the purview of the Twin Towers of SEC authority:  The 1933 Securities…

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    Bitcoin,  Commentary,  Cryptocurrencies,  Innovators,  Latin America,  Politics,  United States

    Our Weekly Bitcoin Review

    Odell Beckham Jr’s crypto football salary, the Texas coin-mining boom, and a Bitcoin City in El Salvador

    In the cryptocurrency space,  no player or asset controls the market as a whole more than Bitcoin (BTC). With this new weekly feature, Modern Consensus will give the latest updates and big news stories from the previous week. The price of Bitcoin currently sits around $56,000, while it was at a high of $64,000 earlier in the week, a significant price drop.  Sports Odell Beckham Jr., a wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams and an extremely popular football player, is now accepting his entire NFL salary in Bitcoin. With a $4.25 million salary, this equates to a little more than 75 BTC a year. He announced this big change…