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Bitstamp to Stop Ether Staking in U.S. Amid Regulatory Scrutiny

Bitstamp has decided to shut down its staking service in the U.S. as of September 25 due to the regulatory environment in the country. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been on a warpath against staking, saying it meets the criteria of investment contracts under the Howey Test. In February, Kraken agreed to shut down its U.S. cryptocurrency-staking operations to settle SEC charges over offering unregistered securities, following a closed-door meeting, CoinDesk reported at the time. Report from HashKey Capital shows that the ether Liquid Staking Derivatives market – which is decentralized and non-custodial – is projected to grow by $24 billion in the next two years.

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