JAN 8, 2024
Samjong KPMG and Xangle seminar says crypto market will improve this year
According to crypto data research platform Xangle, the crypto market is on the road to recovery this year thanks to positive outlooks on developments like a spot Bitcoin ETF, regulatory changes and diversified services.
Speaking at a special seminar on virtual assets co-hosted by CrossAngle and accounting firm Samjong KPMG in Seoul last Friday, Kim Jun-woo, Co-Founder and CEO of Xangle, cited Bitcoin’s positive reputation as one of the reasons for the optimism. "There are reports that Bitcoin has a low correlation with risky virtual assets," he said.
Public sentiment toward Bitcoin is also expected to improve this year as the global economy is expected to emerge from recession and manage a soft landing. Another major item on the agenda is a possible approval by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of a spot Bitcoin ETF this quarter.
In terms of innovative services, Kim stated that Web3 is expected to be actively implemented in local corporations after going through conceptual and technical testing stages.
"In South Korea’s crypto market, (resources like) app stores and mobile phones exist, but there are no actual apps," Kim said. "I expect that figures from traditional finance and existing Web2 companies will enter the Web3 industry this year."
"Web2 companies will discover new business opportunities in Web3 and play a role in bringing existing content and users to Web3," said Lee Hyun-woo, Co-CEO of Xangle, in his presentation on the importance of Web3 system integration and virtual asset disclosure. "Their participation is important for the stable maturation of the Web3 ecosystem," he added.
Regulation and governance
In regards to policies and regulations, expectations point to a resolution of various uncertainties as cryptocurrencies are slowly becoming more integrated into the sphere of traditional finance. In South Korea, the imposition of basic legal regulations on virtual assets is accelerating, such as the Virtual Asset User Protection Act. The Financial Services Commission (FSC) also released guidelines for accounting and disclosure of virtual assets last month, which was examined in detail at the seminar.
"The financial authorities' guidelines are more detailed than before. We expect additional guidelines from them in the future to further resolve shortcomings," Choi Yeon-taek, Managing Director of Samjong KPMG, commented.