#Ripple (#XRP) And Regulations: The Survival Of The Fittest, Results Expected Shortly
As you probably know governments regulate (sometimes very heavily) all institutions and companies doing business in the financial sector. Seeing how those very companies have sunk the planet in three world economic recessions over the last few decades, there are those who argue that such regulations are not substantial enough (or enforced enough). Cryptocurrencies, on the other hand, are not regulated at all for the most part. Some national governments, mainly in Asia, are starting to see the writing on the wall and acting accordingly but in Europe and the Americas, the cryptosphere remains utterly anarchic. But as accusations of being a security fall on some cryptocurrencies, mainly Ripple (XRP), the proper authorities everywhere (at least in the United States) will have to take a stand. That could or could not prompt, at last, some regulations but it could also be that the competent authority (the SEC in this case) will limit itself to determine if any given digital asset must be considered to be a security or not. The cryptosphere is, thus, at a crossroads. The SEC authorities have already declared both Bitcoin and Ethereum not to be securities and they also have given guidelines (not to be confused with actual decisions) about how they think they will assess the financial nature of each crypto coin. In the end, it boils down to this: every cryptocurrency that starts life through an ICO could be considered to be a security as ICOs promise, at least implicitly, a profit for the participants. Every other coin will not be considered an asset but as something more or less alike to a fiat currency. Ripple is the 3rd largest cryptocurrency by market cap size. It is down 7.08% over the past 24 hours and is currently trading at $0.477740. It can be bought with fiat dollars, credit cards, or debit cards on cryptocurrency exchanges such as CEX.io and Changelly.