Japan is a progressive country in terms of economy, as well as cryptocurrency regulation. This time Japanese financial authorities have released a new set of rules regarding crypto margin trading.
Margin trading is a strategy that allows a trader to buy more stocks than you can afford on money borrowed from a broker (similar to loan).
The Cabinet of Japan approved draft amendments to Japanese financial instruments and payment services laws on Friday. In fact, they will limit leverage in virtual currency margin trading at two to four times initial deposits. Such restrictions are a common practice in foreign exchange trading.
All crypto exchanges throughout the country are bound to get governmental registration. This type of registration will differ from that adopted in 2017, which was mostly focus on preventing money laundering. However, these rules make exchange operators be monitored in a way similar to securities traders to protect investors.
These crypto exchange operators will be classified into categories to differentiate those who involved in margin trading from those who issued ICO tokens. This will help to distinguish unsavory offerings that are similar to frauds or Ponzi schemes and protect investors from losing their money. The new rules will come into force in April 2020. All margin cryptocurrency exchange operators have to be registered within 18 months of that date.
Such a time limit is set to take down unregistered “quasi-operators” which conduct operations without governmental approval. A senior FSA official said:
“We intend to motivate operators to do what they can to become registered.”
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