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Ethereum’s Future Hangs in Balance Amid US Congress Inquiry

  • The US Congress, particularly some House Republicans, is pressing the SEC for clarity on Ethereum's (ETH) classification as a security or commodity, influencing the approach of US broker-dealers like Prometheum Inc. to crypto custody operations.
  • The SEC's decision on Ethereum's security status could significantly impact the DeFi ecosystem, Ethereum-based smart contract projects, and ETH holders, amidst existing ambiguity in the SEC's stance on cryptocurrencies.
  • Ethereum's price is trading below $3,700 (R70,115), with potential movements tied to the SEC's forthcoming decision. Technical indicators suggest a bearish outlook, but a move above $3,575 (R67,746.25) could invalidate this, potentially leading to near 14% gains from current levels.
         
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The ongoing debate about Ethereum’s (ETH) classification has reached the United States Congress, with members pressing the SEC, led by Gary Gensler, for clarity on whether Ethereum should be considered a security. This inquiry comes as Prometheum Inc., a US broker-dealer, plans to start crypto custody operations, specifically holding Ether, prompting influential House Republicans to seek legal guidance from the SEC on handling the cryptocurrency.

This demand for clarification from the SEC, which has historically maintained an ambiguous stance towards cryptocurrencies, adds to the tension amid legal skirmishes with firms like Ripple and Coinbase. The outcome of this inquiry could significantly influence the decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem, Ethereum-based smart contract projects, and ETH holders, particularly if Ethereum is designated as a security.

While the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has previously labeled Ethereum as a commodity, recent comments from CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam during a House Committee on Agriculture hearing contrasted this view, indicating a potential shift in regulatory perception. This development has sparked concerns among 48 Congress members who have formally requested SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s position on Ethereum’s status.

As the South African and global crypto community waits for the SEC’s verdict, Ethereum’s price remains in a holding pattern below $3,700 (R70,115). The price fluctuation is caught between key Fibonacci levels, from the year-to-date peak of $4,093.92 (R77,579.78) on March 12 to the March 20 low of $3,056 (R57,911.20). Technical indicators, such as the Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) and the Relative Strength Index (RSI), suggest a bearish outlook and neutral momentum, respectively.

Ethereum’s future movements could hinge on the broader crypto market’s dynamics, particularly Bitcoin’s performance. A dip below $3,000 could occur if Bitcoin weakens, while a push above $3,575 (R67,746.25) for Ethereum could invalidate bearish forecasts, potentially propelling ETH towards significant gains from the current price levels to a weekly resistance at $4,093.92 (R77,579.78), reflecting nearly 14% gains.

This situation underscores the intertwined fate of Ethereum with regulatory decisions in the US, impacting investors and the market in South Africa and worldwide. South Africa’s position on Ethereum and other digital tokens remains cautious, with a keen eye on international regulatory developments to guide local policy and investment strategies.

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