Crypto weekly wrap: Tokens recover after plunging post-US inflation data

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The cryptocurrency market has been trading in the green since the release of US inflation data on Thursday. Bitcoin, the largest digital token by market capitalisation, gained nearly 4 per cent. Ethereum was also up 4 per cent. Almost all the other major digital tokens like BNB, Cardano, Solana, and Tether were also in the green, according to coinmarketcap.

The rise has been attributed to a fall in US inflation. At 8.2 per cent in September, the inflation was higher than the expected 8.1 per cent but lower than August’s 8.3 per cent.

“Bitcoin traded most of the week flat and rose nearly 4 per cent on Thursday after the release of the US Consumer Price Index data, which was higher than expected. BTC rose by almost 4 per cent after dropping to its lowest at $18,300 post-CPI’s release,” Edul Patel, CEO and co-founder of global crypto investing platform Mudrex, said.

However, the crypto market cap has fallen in the last seven days. On Friday, the crypto m-cap was at $936 billion. It was $957 billion on October 7. Just after the release of US inflation data, the m-cap had fallen to $882 billion.

When taken for the last week, “The top 20 tokens are trading in the red with Cardano, Solana, and Binance Coin slipping over 10 per cent during the week,” Parth Chaturvedi, crypto ecosystem lead at crypto exchange CoinSwitch, said.

On October 10, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF) to exchange information between countries on crypto-assets automatically.

“CARF will ensure transparency with respect to crypto-asset transactions, through automatically exchanging such information with the jurisdictions of residence of taxpayers on an annual basis, in a standardised manner similar to the CRS,” it said.

The framework will help in plugging several gaps and reducing tax evasion.

“Due to the global nature and absence of oversight, middlemen and service providers have an opportunity to cookbooks and evade taxes,” Gaurav Mehta, founder of crypto auditing and taxation firm Catax said.

However, while praising the move, experts also suggested that implementing the guidelines would be challenging.

“The exchange of information on crypto asset holdings, basis with jurisdictions according to the residential status as a framework, is a welcome initiative,” Vivek Iyer, partner at Grant Thornton Bharat, said.

“Capturing the information in the first place is a challenge that everyone would need to address upfront,” he added.

“Formal definition and guidelines of customer-level purchasing, selling, trading, and transferring of covered digital assets close many reporting gaps and enable transaction monitoring and fair market value, therefore, plugging policy gaps but enforcement and cooperation for evasion and illicit activities will be the biggest challenge between nations,” Mehta said.

As the framework is global, Mehta added that it would be “fascinating” to observe how countries with diverse philosophies and objectives will join together to regulate digital assets in the near future.

What to expect in the coming days?

“If BTC can move above the current level today, retaining its gains, we might see it rise to $20,000 soon,” Patel added.

The coming days would remain range-bound for the crypto spectrum, he said.

On Friday, Bitcoin was trading at $19,588, and Ethereum was at $1,320.

The cryptocurrency market has been trading in the green since the release of US inflation data on Thursday. Bitcoin, the largest digital token by market capitalisation, gained nearly 4 per cent. Ethereum was also up 4 per cent. Almost all the other major digital tokens like BNB, Cardano, Solana, and Tether were also in the green, according to coinmarketcap.

The rise has been attributed to a fall in US inflation. At 8.2 per cent in September, the inflation was higher than the expected 8.1 per cent but lower than August’s 8.3 per cent.

“Bitcoin traded most of the week flat and rose nearly 4 per cent on Thursday after the release of the US Consumer Price Index data, which was higher than expected. BTC rose by almost 4 per cent after dropping to its lowest at $18,300 post-CPI’s release,” Edul Patel, CEO and co-founder of global crypto investing platform Mudrex, said.

However, the crypto market cap has fallen in the last seven days. On Friday, the crypto m-cap was at $936 billion. It was $957 billion on October 7. Just after the release of US inflation data, the m-cap had fallen to $882 billion.

When taken for the last week, “The top 20 tokens are trading in the red with Cardano, Solana, and Binance Coin slipping over 10 per cent during the week,” Parth Chaturvedi, crypto ecosystem lead at crypto exchange CoinSwitch, said.

On October 10, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the Crypto-Asset Reporting Framework (CARF) to exchange information between countries on crypto-assets automatically.

“CARF will ensure transparency with respect to crypto-asset transactions, through automatically exchanging such information with the jurisdictions of residence of taxpayers on an annual basis, in a standardised manner similar to the CRS,” it said.

The framework will help in plugging several gaps and reducing tax evasion.

“Due to the global nature and absence of oversight, middlemen and service providers have an opportunity to cookbooks and evade taxes,” Gaurav Mehta, founder of crypto auditing and taxation firm Catax said.

However, while praising the move, experts also suggested that implementing the guidelines would be challenging.

“The exchange of information on crypto asset holdings, basis with jurisdictions according to the residential status as a framework, is a welcome initiative,” Vivek Iyer, partner at Grant Thornton Bharat, said.

“Capturing the information in the first place is a challenge that everyone would need to address upfront,” he added.

“Formal definition and guidelines of customer-level purchasing, selling, trading, and transferring of covered digital assets close many reporting gaps and enable transaction monitoring and fair market value, therefore, plugging policy gaps but enforcement and cooperation for evasion and illicit activities will be the biggest challenge between nations,” Mehta said.

As the framework is global, Mehta added that it would be “fascinating” to observe how countries with diverse philosophies and objectives will join together to regulate digital assets in the near future.

What to expect in the coming days?

“If BTC can move above the current level today, retaining its gains, we might see it rise to $20,000 soon,” Patel added.

The coming days would remain range-bound for the crypto spectrum, he said.

On Friday, Bitcoin was trading at $19,588, and Ethereum was at $1,320.

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