Market Recap: Bitcoin Drops as White House Plans Crypto Regulation

Reports suggest the White House is planning to regulate crypto as a matter of national security, causing bitcoin and other cryptos to drop

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  • Reports suggest that the White House is planning an executive order to regulate crypto as a matter of national security
  • Markets have continued downward as volatility reaches its highest level in a year

US and Russia tackle crypto

Both equity and crypto markets continue to fall, with crypto taking a significant hit later in the day as reports surfaced that the White House was preparing an executive order to regulate cryptocurrency as a matter of national security.

The order would assign agencies to analyze the various forms of digital assets and create a framework for regulation, according to Barron's. The source said that the idea is to create a set of policies that are in line with the government's plan for the space.

“This is designed to look holistically at digital assets and develop a set of policies that give coherency to what the government is trying to do in this space,” said Barron's source.

While the US moves to finally regulate the crypto industry at some level, Putin has come out in support of a plan to tax and regulate bitcoin mining in the country, a stance that rejects the Bank of Russia's proposal for a full-scale ban of all crypto-related activities, according to Bloomberg.

Bitcoin climbed as much as 1.16% prior to this report but then proceeded to fall as much as almost 3.4%. The markets weren't kind to equities either, with the S&P 500 dropping sharply later in the day.

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Volatility in the equities market has continued to soar as investors prepare for looming interest rate hikes, creating a mostly trader and algorithm-heavy marketplace. The VIX, a measurement of volatility in options of the S&P 500, has increased to its highest level in a year.

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Earnings season

Mastercard (MA) exceeded earnings expectations today when it reported before the markets opened that Q4 net revenues were up 28%. During the call, CEO Michael Miebach said, "We want to help increase Ethereum scalability via our ConsenSys partnership," but did not elaborate more on the topic.

Apple, Robinhood and Visa all release earnings after the markets close today.

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Tomorrow

Market participants are still uncertain as they await policy changes from the Federal Reserve. This uncertainty has led investors to seek non-correlated assets with the stock market and even cash, causing further drops. The volatility is likely to continue in the lead-up to Fed policy changes and continue as they take effect.

Upcoming earnings reports from crypto-adjacent companies to look out for include PayPal, MicroStrategy and Alphabet this coming Tuesday.

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