The Future of Cryptocurrency ICOs may Hinge on Singapore

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SINGAPORE CAN BECOME AN ICO HOTBED

Not every country in the world wants to be associated with cryptocurrency ICOs. Unless countries have regulation in place to protect customers from financial harm due to scams and other predatory strategies, then they have a very poor view of ICOs. Hardly any country in the world has some form of regulation, though. Various regions are scrambling to come up with some sort of solution, but that is much easier said than done. So far, it seems the regulatory standstill will continue for quite some to come.

Until we see any major changes, some countries may be more open-minded toward the concept of an ICO. Singapore is certainly on that list, as the country is focusing heavily on blockchain and fintech. Any company looking to launch an initial coin offering may lean toward Singapore. The region has somewhat lenient regulations and is tax-friendly, unlike China. It is also a great gateway for companies to venture into the Asian market as a whole.

All of this will depend on how much scrutiny ICOs will face from the Monetary Authority of Singapore moving forward. After successfully hosting a handful of initial coin offerings in the country already, things are still looking pretty solid. That situation can always change in a heartbeat. It only takes one dubious ICO project to turn the tables in a bad way for all parties involved. So far, the number of outright scam ICOs has been minimal, but rest assured some people will explore the opportunities regardless.

Singapore wants to become one of the major players in the fintech sector moving forward.  Over the past few years, there have been several initiatives to bring blockchain technology to this small state. With $166 million allocated to the development of fintech projects and applications right now, Singapore is trying to position itself as one of the market leaders. Whether or not that bodes well for the future of cryptocurrency ICOs remains to be determined.

As we have seen in the past, Chinese regulation will not cripple markets in the long run. The Chinese government attempted to ban Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies several times already. Every time, the value of these currencies bounced back quickly and the trading markets shifted to other countries. South Korea and Japan are now two primary trading regions for cryptocurrencies, successfully taking the crown from China.

It is expected the same will happen to the ICO market. While it is understandable the PBoC wants to introduce regulation to prevent people from losing money, other countries will try to capitalize on this momentum to become a safe haven for cryptocurrency ICOs. Singapore is one the countries to pay attention to. This is especially true when considering how the MAS is protecting ICO activities through proper regulation in place already. It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out in the long run.

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