0808 GMT December 07, 2021
Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, fell as much as 3.7% to $58,100, its lowest since Oct. 15. It has lost 13% since it hit an all-time high of $67,016 on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
Bitcoin’s losses were down to traders taking profit from its recent rally, said Tony Sycamore, analyst at Australian investment platform City Index. The digital currency has notched up gains of almost 35% so far this month, which if maintained would be its best performance in eight months.
A top U.S. bank regulator said U.S. officials are looking to provide a clearer path for banks and their clients that are looking to hold cryptocurrencies, in order to keep control over the fast-developing asset.
Jelena McWilliams, who chairs the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, told Reuters in an interview that a team of U.S. bank regulators is trying to provide a roadmap for banks to engage with crypto assets.
That could include clearer rules over holding cryptocurrency in custody to facilitate client trading, using them as collateral for loans, or even holding them on their balance sheets like more traditional assets.
"I think that we need to allow banks in this space, while appropriately managing and mitigating risk," she said.
"If we don't bring this activity inside the banks, it is going to develop outside of the banks. ... The federal regulators won't be able to regulate it."
McWilliams' comments provide the fullest picture yet of what regulators are exploring as part of a cryptocurrency "sprint" team first announced.
The goal of the team was to ensure cryptocurrency policy coordination among the three main U.S. bank regulators - FDIC, Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
The rapid emergence of cryptocurrency has led to a murky regulatory picture in the United States. Under previous leadership, the OCC took an aggressive approach to bringing cryptocurrency into banks, including bank custody services for cryptocurrency, while other agencies were slower to act.
Those decisions are now under review, according to acting Comptroller Michael Hsu.