Nexo, a cryptocurrency lending platform and exchange, announced on December 5th that it would stop offering its products and services in the U.S. after failing to reach a clear course of action with regulators.
Recently, U.S. regulators have been criticized for being unable to monitor trading platforms effectively. Some argue that they need more power to do so, while others say it would be best if they had fewer regulations because they are only driving crypto traders away from safer exchanges offshore.
The blog article states that the service would be stopped over the upcoming months. This choice was made, nonetheless, after more than 18 months of sincere communication with U.S. state and federal agencies, which came to a “dead end.”
The company said it had been making continuous efforts to respond to concerning requests for information, even when there are inconsistencies and changing opinions among states or federal regulators.
According to the company’s statement:
It is now unfortunately clear to us that despite rhetoric to the contrary, the U.S. refuses to provide a path forward for enabling blockchain businesses and we cannot give our customers confidence that regulators are focused on their best interests.
The company will stop offering its Earn Interest Product in some states, including Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, Washington, and others mentioned in the blog post, as of December 6th, 2022. However, clients in these states will have access to the company’s other product offerings until further notice.
Nexo Actions In Response To Regulatory Concerns
Nexo has invested a lot of money and time into doing things well from its start in 2018. The company takes several steps in response to the U.S. regulatory concerns and changes, including the SEC-Registered Token Sale and the delisting of XRP.
Moreover, Nexo had to exit New York at the cost of losses for market share when others were still able to offer interest-bearing crypto products. Vermont was also one of these states where they had to stop accepting new funds from U.S. customers once BlockFi settled with the SEC in February 2022.
For the company to achieve its two key goals of developing historical items and moving forward, it has spent countless hours interacting with authorities. Recent occurrences- such as increased regulations- make it difficult to move forward despite initial support from authorities.
The company said:
We have reached a point where regulators are unwilling to coordinate with one another, and are insistent on taking positions that are inconsistent with one another, creating an impossible environment to operate efficiently and to create the expected value for our clients.
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