Crypto’s positive reaction to Biden’s executive order

Although there has been a slight pullback in the crypto market since yesterday, and watching it daily is like some version of the game Snakes and Ladders/Chutes and Ladders, there has been a positive response to the Biden administrations executive order. The order “will require U.S. federal agencies to create a regulatory framework for digital assets, as well as explore a future digital dollar,” Cointelegraph reports.

For example, Coinbase surged up 10.5% at market close, and Microstrategy posted a 6.4% gain. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) also experienced a renewed positive view of crypto, with ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF gaining 10% and Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF closing up 10.3%.

Mining companies had some of the biggest gains following the executive order. Riot Blockchain Inc. shares shot up 11.2% and Marathon Digital Holdings Inc. were up by 13.5%.

Tom Miitchelhill comments that while the crypto market is used to volatility, “these are unusually volatile moves on traditional markets.” However, before everyone gets to excited, let’s remember that Coinbase “is still down nearly 48% from its direct listing price in April last year.” And Bitcoin, although it initially racked up a 9% price increase when details of the executive order were leaked, it then retraced its steps sometime after.

Why so much positivity about the US order? Mitchelhill says, “the executive order was considered by most investors to be if not a net positive for the crypto industry, at least a lot less bad than had been feared.”

One reason is that President Biden has positioned the rise of digital assets as, “an opportunity to reinforce American leadership in the global financial system and at the technological frontier.” And whilst nobody knows exactly what sort of regulatory measures may be expected, the general view is that the US government is being ‘constructive’. It also potentially means “that the executive order will potentially work to expand the adoption of virtual currencies within the U.S. financial system.”

US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, commenting on it, said: “President Biden’s historic executive order calls for a coordinated and comprehensive approach to digital asset policy. This approach will support responsible innovation that could result in substantial benefits for the nation, consumers and businesses.”

There are of course divisions in the crypto community over it, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out and who it benefits in the long term.

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