Bitcoin, Crypto Prices Down After SEC Threatens to Sue Coinbase

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The crypto market suffered a major blow on Wednesday as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) threatened to sue Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., over its planned lending product. The news sent shockwaves across the industry and triggered a sharp sell-off in bitcoin and other digital assets.

Coinbase announced on Tuesday that it received a Wells notice from the SEC, which is a formal warning that the agency intends to bring enforcement action against a company.

The notice was related to Coinbase Lend, a service allowing users to earn interest on their crypto holdings by lending them out to other users.

According to Coinbase, the SEC did not provide any clear explanation or guidance on why it considers Coinbase Lend to be a security, which would subject it to strict regulations and disclosure requirements.

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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong expressed his frustration and disappointment with the SEC’s approach in tweets, accusing the agency of being hostile and opaque towards the crypto industry.

The SEC’s action on Coinbase has raised concerns among investors and analysts about the regulatory uncertainty and risks facing the crypto sector in the U.S. Many fear that the SEC could crack down on other innovative products and services that offer yield opportunities for crypto holders, such as decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms and stablecoins.

As a result of this fear, the bitcoin price dropped by more than 10% on Wednesday, falling below $45,000 for the first time since August 20.

Other major cryptocurrencies also plunged, with ether losing 12%, Cardano dropping 15%, and Solana tumbling 18%. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies declined by more than $200 billion in one day.

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The crypto market is now in a state of panic and uncertainty as it awaits further developments from the SEC and Coinbase.

While some see this as an opportunity to buy the dip, others are wary of more regulatory hurdles and volatility ahead. It remains to be seen how this standoff will be resolved and its impact on the future of crypto innovation in the U.S.

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