When retirement investors are considering assets for estate or trust transfer, one of the main priorities is the impact of risk. In the past several years, cryptocurrency assets have increased in popularity. Until 2017, Bitcoin and other digital currency assets were also considered as tax-exempt “property” under federal Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) guidelines. Recent IRS rule reform of tax-exempt treatment of cryptocurrency assets reflects a growing concern about the lack of direct oversight of digital currency within the regulatory environment. Identified as the most significant risks of cryptocurrency asset transfer within policy formation at this time: pricing transparency, price manipulation, as well as the potential for fraud scams, custody disputes, and liquidity issues.
How CFTC & SEC Oversight Will Help
Regulatory oversight of price transparency and control over price fixing, and price manipulation is uneven across national and international markets. For this reason, digital currency cannot be traded on regulated financial markets. Derivatives like Bitcoin futures trading on the CBOE or CME offer investors the least risky investment for profit.