In a recent briefing held by the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, the U.S. government revealed its stance on cryptocurrencies and the efforts it will carry upon to regulate Bitcoin because of its use in criminal activity and the threat it poses to the financial system.
“This is indeed a national security issue,” Sec. Mnuchin said on the need for more regulation in the crypto space. “We will not allow digital asset service providers to operate in the shadows.” https://t.co/03CEzStDZE pic.twitter.com/zykiOLkm96
— Bloomberg Crypto (@crypto) July 15, 2019
Yet BTC surged 4.5 percent after the statements were made by the U.S. government official, which according to the head analyst at Fundstrat Global Thomas Lee, could be a sign of confidence about the underlying fundamentals behind BTC that allow it to function in a decentralized way without the need of regulatory oversight.
Bitcoin seems comfortable with statements made by #Mnuchin regarding Crypto and KYC/AML.
– White House wants fair ground rules but does not seem intent on further action at this time.
– $BTC rise shows market comfortable with this
— Thomas Lee (@fundstrat) July 15, 2019
Although the news comes at a time when Bitcoin has retraced 25 percent from the high of $13,200 on July 10, it could be the catalyst for a further upward advance.
Bitcoin Technical Analysis
As it was foreseen, the break below the 23.6 percent Fibonacci retracement zone on the 3-day chart led to a drop-down to the 38.2 percent Fibonacci retracement level and the support trendline,