Cryptocurrencies trading lower; Bitcoin around $43,000, Dogecoin, Ethereum down

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Bitcoin was trading 3.3% lower on Tuesday morning.

The price was around $43,260 per coin, while rivals Ethereum and Dogecoin were trading around $3,071 (-1.59%) and 21 cents (-3.43%) per coin, respectively, according to Coindesk.

Cardano (+0.64%) was the only major cryptocurrency trading in positive territory, with each coin valued at $2.14, the report said.

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Robinhood Markets Inc. is testing new crypto wallet and cryptocurrency transfer features for its app allowing customers to send and receive digital currencies such as bitcoin, a Reuters report, quoting Bloomberg News, said Monday.

A beta version of its iPhone app showed the company's work on such features, the report said. 

Bitcoin was trading 3.3% lower on Tuesday morning. (iStock)

There was also a hidden image showing a waitlist page for users signing up for a crypto wallet feature, the report added. 

In other cryptocurrency news, a seemingly esoteric legal battle involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and fintech startup Ripple Labs could provide clarity on just how much authority the SEC has in regulating the $2.2 -trillion crypto market.

In December 2020, the SEC filed a lawsuit alleging Ripple Labs, a global payments platform, had violated securities laws by failing to register its XRP cryptocurrency as a security.

At the time, Ripple was using XRP as a vehicle to finance its core business of seamless cross-border transactions for financial institutions, the SEC charged, something it had been doing for seven years since its founding in 2013.

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The lawsuit not only caught Ripple by surprise but added even more confusion over whether cryptocurrencies should be considered securities, commodities or something else. If cryptos are securities, as defined by court precedent, they must be approved and regulated by the SEC which demands various company disclosures.

Ripple believes XRP isn’t a security, thus it doesn’t need the SEC’s green light. Moreover, it says the SEC currently allows other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum to be traded like commodities; the blockchain networks of these cryptocurrencies aren’t being required to register as a security.

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