World Leading Stock Exchange To Suffer Cryptocurrency Ban Should Israeli Regulator’s Proposal Be Approved
The Chairman of the Israel Securities Authority (ISA), Shmuel Hauser, has revealed that he will present a proposal to the ISA board next week that, if approved, would see companies that are based on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin banned from being listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).
TASE is Israel’s only public stock exchange, and ranks 30th amongst the world’s 63 publicly regulated stock exchanges, according to rankings determined by The Economist, boasting a market capitalisation of $215 billion.
Speaking at Monday’s conference hosted by Israeli daily business newspaper, Calcalist, Mr. Hauser voiced his suspicion of the cryptocurrency movement, stating that,
I think it looks like a bubble, smells like a bubble, acts like a bubble and feels like a bubble.”
Emphasising the need to protect investors, Hauser explained that “we don’t want investors to be subject to that volatility and uncertainty,” and so as to substantiate their concern, “there is an importance to signal to the market where things are…Investors should know where we stand.”
In adding further details of the proposal, the ISA’s Chairman stated that “if we have a company that their main business is digital currencies we would not allow it. If already listed, its trading will be suspended.”
He admitted that the ISA would need to find an appropriate set of regulation for these extant companies, which appear to be both Blockchain Mining (BLCM.TA) and Fantasy Network (FNTS.TA), and possibly others, such as Apollo Power Ltd and Apply Advanced Mobile Technologies Ltd, who’ve recently revealed plans to start operating in businesses related to cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology underpinning it.
Earlier this month, Blockchain Mining renamed from Natural Resources, upon reporting negotiations to acquire Backbone Holdings Solutions Ltd; a Canadian crypto-mining company. Their share price has soared by as much as 5,000% since announcing in October that they were considering a pivot away from mining gold and iron ore, and towards mining cryptocurrency.
The ISA has a history of avoiding cryptocurrency, with the regulator recently stating that TASE indices would not include companies significantly involved in Bitcoin or any other virtual currencies.
Should the ISA board approve Hauser’s proposal, it would then be subject to a public hearing, followed by an amending of the TASE bylaws.