The debate on how to go about regulating the crypto market has been long around. The SEC has been firm on bringing the industry under its securities law. SEC chair Gary Gensler recently said a majority of the coin offerings come under the securities law.
A latest comment by Gensler sparked a new debate around whether crypto tokens are securities or commodities. In a virtual conference hosted by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Compass, he made interesting comments.
Warning On Investor Protection
Gensler repeated his previous warnings over investor protection in the crypto space. He said the regulatory body would use the existing framework to focus on crypto projects. Some crypto projects offering returns could be ‘too good to be true’, he warned investors.
The SEC chair said,
“There are a small number of tokens that (his) predecessors talked about that may not meet the test that they are commodities. They may even have large percentage (share) of the crypto market.”
However, he said the bulk of the tokens currently in the crypto market have attributes of securities. In the mean time, SEC crypto enforcement will focus on using the existing authority, he explained.
’20th Century Regulations For 21st Century Technology’
“More than 34 million Americans report owning some form of digital assets. We are regulating this 21st century technology with 20th century regulations. It’s time for an upgrade, and the Lummis-Gillibrand plan accomplishes that.”
Replying to this, Digital Asset Investor, a crypto enthusiast, said Gensler was trying to use 20th Century regulations to control most of the digital asset space. He wondered what he was missing as the bill also was supporting SEC crypto authority.
The bill, which laid out the groundwork for comprehensive crypto regulation, called for setting up a crypto advisory committee to help guide regulators.
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