Blog: Regulator Scrutiny: How Can We Support DeFi’s Sustainability? – Finance Magnates

DeFi services and financial products are based on transparency: anyone can look at product data and examine how the system works. In exchange for this transparency, these services can provide access to decentralized trades and assets. They are open to anyone with internet access and are largely owned and maintained by their users.

1.7 billion adults in the world remain unbanked, according to the World Bank’s 2017 Findex report. Often without access to reliable currency and a robust banking system, unable to send remittances, these people find themselves cut off from many economic tools. DeFi offers a game-changing opportunity to put financial instruments in the hands of anyone with a smartphone in their pocket.

Nowadays, the legal framework governing DeFi is still patchy. The protocols are largely unregulated, which presents concerns about criminal activity and money laundering. Market volatility and the lack of clear tax mechanisms are also, in a way, deterrents for investor and user confidence. Regulatory risks are often significant as the reach of DeFi is global; transactions are generally anonymous; and there are no (mostly) identified intermediaries. And, in the end, because of the decentralized structure, it is not easy to introduce regulations for DeFi that would become accepted globally.

Is It Possible to Regulate DeFi?

While clear regulations and procedures are more likely than not to emerge, you should not expect this to happen overnight. In the United States, for example, different aspects of DeFi fall under the jurisdiction of different state agencies. Many other countries have a similar ‘patchy’ situation in the regulation of the DeFi sector.

But, as the interest of regulators grows in line with market growth, the regulations that can reap the crop without killing the soil will finally be accepted, creating a more hospitable environment for investors and crypto innovators.

It is also not unlikely for a (very, very) small share of the regulation to be delegated directly to DeFi participants. Even if it does happen, the delegation of control levers to market participants is a step-by-step process.

In What Way Can Regulations Affect the Space?

It could very well be that we soon see a market fractionated into those willing to work with regulators and the ‘rogues’. Polarization between high-risk projects in DeFi offering potentially huge benefits, and those who have entered the regulatory field and began to play by the accepted rules, will remain.

Both segments will undoubtedly have demand, but over a long enough term, it’s only natural to see the large capital flows entering regulated platforms. And, many projects already state that they want to work within DeFi as a  compliance 
Compliance

In finance, banking, investing, and insurance compliance refers to following the rules or orders set down by the government regulatory authority, either as providing a service or processing a transaction. Compliance concerning finance would also be a state of being following established guidelines or specifications. This designation can also encompass efforts to ensure that organizations are abiding by both industry regulations and government legislation. Understanding ComplianceCompliance is a system of checks and balances that prevents fraud and inefficiencies.Additionally, this also ensures cooperation with federal financial regulations with the ultimate goal of protecting the public and provide needed information to governmental agencies to stop fraud, money laundering, and terrorist funding. Compliance in the financial industry offers stability to the markets and serves to protect customers, workers, and taxpayers from ethical threats that are inherited in individual decisions.Many organizations are also obligated to track and store compliance data. This includes all data that is relevant or belongs to a company, brokerage, etc. that can be used for the purpose of implementing or validating compliance or regulatory reporting.Given shifting regulations and the importance of compliance, the use of advanced software is increasingly being implemented to help companies manage their compliance data more efficiently. This cache includes calculations, data transfers, and audit trails.While finance is a globally unified concept, compliance is not. Regulatory compliance varies across both industries and jurisdictions. For example, the financial regulatory structures of one country may be lacking or different in another. Of note, the most tightly regulated jurisdictions in terms of compliance in the forex industry include the United States, United Kingdom or most European Union countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and others.

In finance, banking, investing, and insurance compliance refers to following the rules or orders set down by the government regulatory authority, either as providing a service or processing a transaction. Compliance concerning finance would also be a state of being following established guidelines or specifications. This designation can also encompass efforts to ensure that organizations are abiding by both industry regulations and government legislation. Understanding ComplianceCompliance is a system of checks and balances that prevents fraud and inefficiencies.Additionally, this also ensures cooperation with federal financial regulations with the ultimate goal of protecting the public and provide needed information to governmental agencies to stop fraud, money laundering, and terrorist funding. Compliance in the financial industry offers stability to the markets and serves to protect customers, workers, and taxpayers from ethical threats that are inherited in individual decisions.Many organizations are also obligated to track and store compliance data. This includes all data that is relevant or belongs to a company, brokerage, etc. that can be used for the purpose of implementing or validating compliance or regulatory reporting.Given shifting regulations and the importance of compliance, the use of advanced software is increasingly being implemented to help companies manage their compliance data more efficiently. This cache includes calculations, data transfers, and audit trails.While finance is a globally unified concept, compliance is not. Regulatory compliance varies across both industries and jurisdictions. For example, the financial regulatory structures of one country may be lacking or different in another. Of note, the most tightly regulated jurisdictions in terms of compliance in the forex industry include the United States, United Kingdom or most European Union countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and others.
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requirement of the regulators.

Minimizing Consumer Risk without Introducing Regulations

High risk always goes hand in hand with the potential for high gains.

DeFi is fundamentally an investment. And yes, investing involves speculative risks. Whether it’s hoping for a rise in token prices, betting one’s capital on an attractive asset, or some other investment framework.

If investments are entirely outside regulatory oversight, of course, such markets are riskier than traditional ones, where participants tend to play by the same long-established rules. Hence, although insurance or regulation could potentially reduce risks, it will also decrease the interest one can get in the market.

Nevertheless, due to the decentralized nature of the market, there is no reason to believe that regulations will be truly decisive in curbing asset  volatility 
Volatility

In finance, volatility refers to the amount of change in the rate of a financial instrument, such as commodities, currencies, stocks, over a given time period. Essentially, volatility describes the nature of an instrument’s fluctuation; a highly volatile security equates to large fluctuations in price, and a low volatile security equates to timid fluctuations in price. Volatility is an important statistical indicator used by financial traders to assist them in developing trading systems. Traders can be successful in both low and high volatile environments, but the strategies employed are often different depending upon volatility. Why Too Much Volatility is a ProblemIn the FX space, lower volatile currency pairs offer less surprises, and are suited to position traders.High volatile pairs are attractive for many day traders, due to quick and strong movements, offering the potential for higher profits, although the risk associated with such volatile pairs are many. Overall, a look at previous volatility tells us how likely price will fluctuate in the future, although it has nothing to do with direction.All a trader can gather from this is the understanding that the probability of a volatile pair to increase or decrease an X amount in a Y period of time, is more than the probability of a non-volatile pair. Another important factor is, volatility can and does change over time, and there can be periods when even highly volatile instruments show signs of flatness, with price not really making headway in either direction. Too little volatility is just as problematic for markets as too much, we uncertainty in excess can create panic and problems of liquidity. This was evident during Black Swan events or other crisis that have historically roiled currency and equity markets.

In finance, volatility refers to the amount of change in the rate of a financial instrument, such as commodities, currencies, stocks, over a given time period. Essentially, volatility describes the nature of an instrument’s fluctuation; a highly volatile security equates to large fluctuations in price, and a low volatile security equates to timid fluctuations in price. Volatility is an important statistical indicator used by financial traders to assist them in developing trading systems. Traders can be successful in both low and high volatile environments, but the strategies employed are often different depending upon volatility. Why Too Much Volatility is a ProblemIn the FX space, lower volatile currency pairs offer less surprises, and are suited to position traders.High volatile pairs are attractive for many day traders, due to quick and strong movements, offering the potential for higher profits, although the risk associated with such volatile pairs are many. Overall, a look at previous volatility tells us how likely price will fluctuate in the future, although it has nothing to do with direction.All a trader can gather from this is the understanding that the probability of a volatile pair to increase or decrease an X amount in a Y period of time, is more than the probability of a non-volatile pair. Another important factor is, volatility can and does change over time, and there can be periods when even highly volatile instruments show signs of flatness, with price not really making headway in either direction. Too little volatility is just as problematic for markets as too much, we uncertainty in excess can create panic and problems of liquidity. This was evident during Black Swan events or other crisis that have historically roiled currency and equity markets.
Read this Term
or risks in DeFi.

DeFi services and financial products are based on transparency: anyone can look at product data and examine how the system works. In exchange for this transparency, these services can provide access to decentralized trades and assets. They are open to anyone with internet access and are largely owned and maintained by their users.

1.7 billion adults in the world remain unbanked, according to the World Bank’s 2017 Findex report. Often without access to reliable currency and a robust banking system, unable to send remittances, these people find themselves cut off from many economic tools. DeFi offers a game-changing opportunity to put financial instruments in the hands of anyone with a smartphone in their pocket.

Nowadays, the legal framework governing DeFi is still patchy. The protocols are largely unregulated, which presents concerns about criminal activity and money laundering. Market volatility and the lack of clear tax mechanisms are also, in a way, deterrents for investor and user confidence. Regulatory risks are often significant as the reach of DeFi is global; transactions are generally anonymous; and there are no (mostly) identified intermediaries. And, in the end, because of the decentralized structure, it is not easy to introduce regulations for DeFi that would become accepted globally.

Is It Possible to Regulate DeFi?

While clear regulations and procedures are more likely than not to emerge, you should not expect this to happen overnight. In the United States, for example, different aspects of DeFi fall under the jurisdiction of different state agencies. Many other countries have a similar ‘patchy’ situation in the regulation of the DeFi sector.

But, as the interest of regulators grows in line with market growth, the regulations that can reap the crop without killing the soil will finally be accepted, creating a more hospitable environment for investors and crypto innovators.

It is also not unlikely for a (very, very) small share of the regulation to be delegated directly to DeFi participants. Even if it does happen, the delegation of control levers to market participants is a step-by-step process.

In What Way Can Regulations Affect the Space?

It could very well be that we soon see a market fractionated into those willing to work with regulators and the ‘rogues’. Polarization between high-risk projects in DeFi offering potentially huge benefits, and those who have entered the regulatory field and began to play by the accepted rules, will remain.

Both segments will undoubtedly have demand, but over a long enough term, it’s only natural to see the large capital flows entering regulated platforms. And, many projects already state that they want to work within DeFi as a  compliance 
Compliance

In finance, banking, investing, and insurance compliance refers to following the rules or orders set down by the government regulatory authority, either as providing a service or processing a transaction. Compliance concerning finance would also be a state of being following established guidelines or specifications. This designation can also encompass efforts to ensure that organizations are abiding by both industry regulations and government legislation. Understanding ComplianceCompliance is a system of checks and balances that prevents fraud and inefficiencies.Additionally, this also ensures cooperation with federal financial regulations with the ultimate goal of protecting the public and provide needed information to governmental agencies to stop fraud, money laundering, and terrorist funding. Compliance in the financial industry offers stability to the markets and serves to protect customers, workers, and taxpayers from ethical threats that are inherited in individual decisions.Many organizations are also obligated to track and store compliance data. This includes all data that is relevant or belongs to a company, brokerage, etc. that can be used for the purpose of implementing or validating compliance or regulatory reporting.Given shifting regulations and the importance of compliance, the use of advanced software is increasingly being implemented to help companies manage their compliance data more efficiently. This cache includes calculations, data transfers, and audit trails.While finance is a globally unified concept, compliance is not. Regulatory compliance varies across both industries and jurisdictions. For example, the financial regulatory structures of one country may be lacking or different in another. Of note, the most tightly regulated jurisdictions in terms of compliance in the forex industry include the United States, United Kingdom or most European Union countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and others.

In finance, banking, investing, and insurance compliance refers to following the rules or orders set down by the government regulatory authority, either as providing a service or processing a transaction. Compliance concerning finance would also be a state of being following established guidelines or specifications. This designation can also encompass efforts to ensure that organizations are abiding by both industry regulations and government legislation. Understanding ComplianceCompliance is a system of checks and balances that prevents fraud and inefficiencies.Additionally, this also ensures cooperation with federal financial regulations with the ultimate goal of protecting the public and provide needed information to governmental agencies to stop fraud, money laundering, and terrorist funding. Compliance in the financial industry offers stability to the markets and serves to protect customers, workers, and taxpayers from ethical threats that are inherited in individual decisions.Many organizations are also obligated to track and store compliance data. This includes all data that is relevant or belongs to a company, brokerage, etc. that can be used for the purpose of implementing or validating compliance or regulatory reporting.Given shifting regulations and the importance of compliance, the use of advanced software is increasingly being implemented to help companies manage their compliance data more efficiently. This cache includes calculations, data transfers, and audit trails.While finance is a globally unified concept, compliance is not. Regulatory compliance varies across both industries and jurisdictions. For example, the financial regulatory structures of one country may be lacking or different in another. Of note, the most tightly regulated jurisdictions in terms of compliance in the forex industry include the United States, United Kingdom or most European Union countries, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and others.
Read this Term
requirement of the regulators.

Minimizing Consumer Risk without Introducing Regulations

High risk always goes hand in hand with the potential for high gains.

DeFi is fundamentally an investment. And yes, investing involves speculative risks. Whether it’s hoping for a rise in token prices, betting one’s capital on an attractive asset, or some other investment framework.

If investments are entirely outside regulatory oversight, of course, such markets are riskier than traditional ones, where participants tend to play by the same long-established rules. Hence, although insurance or regulation could potentially reduce risks, it will also decrease the interest one can get in the market.

Nevertheless, due to the decentralized nature of the market, there is no reason to believe that regulations will be truly decisive in curbing asset  volatility 
Volatility

In finance, volatility refers to the amount of change in the rate of a financial instrument, such as commodities, currencies, stocks, over a given time period. Essentially, volatility describes the nature of an instrument’s fluctuation; a highly volatile security equates to large fluctuations in price, and a low volatile security equates to timid fluctuations in price. Volatility is an important statistical indicator used by financial traders to assist them in developing trading systems. Traders can be successful in both low and high volatile environments, but the strategies employed are often different depending upon volatility. Why Too Much Volatility is a ProblemIn the FX space, lower volatile currency pairs offer less surprises, and are suited to position traders.High volatile pairs are attractive for many day traders, due to quick and strong movements, offering the potential for higher profits, although the risk associated with such volatile pairs are many. Overall, a look at previous volatility tells us how likely price will fluctuate in the future, although it has nothing to do with direction.All a trader can gather from this is the understanding that the probability of a volatile pair to increase or decrease an X amount in a Y period of time, is more than the probability of a non-volatile pair. Another important factor is, volatility can and does change over time, and there can be periods when even highly volatile instruments show signs of flatness, with price not really making headway in either direction. Too little volatility is just as problematic for markets as too much, we uncertainty in excess can create panic and problems of liquidity. This was evident during Black Swan events or other crisis that have historically roiled currency and equity markets.

In finance, volatility refers to the amount of change in the rate of a financial instrument, such as commodities, currencies, stocks, over a given time period. Essentially, volatility describes the nature of an instrument’s fluctuation; a highly volatile security equates to large fluctuations in price, and a low volatile security equates to timid fluctuations in price. Volatility is an important statistical indicator used by financial traders to assist them in developing trading systems. Traders can be successful in both low and high volatile environments, but the strategies employed are often different depending upon volatility. Why Too Much Volatility is a ProblemIn the FX space, lower volatile currency pairs offer less surprises, and are suited to position traders.High volatile pairs are attractive for many day traders, due to quick and strong movements, offering the potential for higher profits, although the risk associated with such volatile pairs are many. Overall, a look at previous volatility tells us how likely price will fluctuate in the future, although it has nothing to do with direction.All a trader can gather from this is the understanding that the probability of a volatile pair to increase or decrease an X amount in a Y period of time, is more than the probability of a non-volatile pair. Another important factor is, volatility can and does change over time, and there can be periods when even highly volatile instruments show signs of flatness, with price not really making headway in either direction. Too little volatility is just as problematic for markets as too much, we uncertainty in excess can create panic and problems of liquidity. This was evident during Black Swan events or other crisis that have historically roiled currency and equity markets.
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or risks in DeFi.

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