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What does the bill proposed by the Senate mean for crypto?

GB Market Commentary 04/08/2022

by Marcus Sotiriou

The crypto market has remained flat over the past few days, as Bitcoin ranges between $22,700 and $23,400. There is some renewed optimism however surrounding regulation. Yesterday, August 3rd, a bipartisan group of senators put forward a new bill that classifies Bitcoin and Ethereum as commodities. If this passes it would mean that these are the only cryptos that are not able to be classified as securities, which would remove a significant concern for side-lined institutions.

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler has said himself previously he believes Bitcoin specifically to be a commodity and not a security. However, it is hotly debated whether Ethereum’s token ETH is a security or not.

Therefore, if this regulatory risk is removed it could potentially free up billions of capital into the two largest crypto assets.

Many VC’s are still recovering from the losses experienced in the first half of the year. VC firm Hashed, for example, lost more than $3 billion from its investment in LUNA, following its crash in early May, which was confirmed by the Hashed CEO yesterday.

Losses like these led to a reduction in VC activity overall last quarter, shown by the table below:

Global Blockchain funding down QoQ - 04/08/22

However, some venture capitalists in the crypto space are not slowing down their efforts to raise money. VC fund Multicoin Capital said it has raised $430M to invest anywhere between $500K-$25M in early-stage opportunities and up to $100M in mature projects.

The fund will reportedly make investments in Web 3 infrastructure, DAOs and DAO tooling, consumer products, new IP-based business models, and creator monetization.


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