The European Securities and Markets Authority — the European Union’s independent financial authority — has warned about the high risks of crypto investment.
In its most latest “Trends, Risks and Vulnerabilities” report published Wednesday, the ESMA dissected the effect of COVID-19 on monetary business sectors, featuring the expanded dangers connected with interest in “non-directed crypto-resources.”
The authority mentioned that crypto assets had seen a surge in value as well as trading volume during the second half of 2020, with Bitcoin seeing record-breaking highs. The ESMA showed that the surge was driven by “positive newsflows in the crypto area” including PayPal’s move to roll out its crypto buy and sell option on the platform as well the growing interest in decentralized finance or defi.
“It is also fuelled by strong investor demand and search for yield amid unprecedented global fiscal and monetary stimulus,” the agency wrote.
In the midst of the expanding volumes and demand, crypto assets are “highly volatile and bear high risks for investors,” the ESMA warned, stating, “Prices of non-regulated crypto assets at all-time highs imply significant risks for investors.”
As part of the new report, the ESMA also noted the developing DeFi industry, illustrating its supposed advantages like disintermediation, all day, every day accessibility, and scalability and its risks including operational versatility, adaptability and administration. The ESMA will keep on observing advancements in the DeFi sector as it might raise specific administrative and administrative difficulties, it said.
In February 2021, the executive of France’s top monetary controller — the Autorité des Marchés Financiers — recommended that the ESMA become the main expert for crypto guideline and oversight in the EU.
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