New U.S Regulatory Agency Possibly In The Works To Oversee Crypto Exchanges Directly

Friday 07 May 2021, 10:31 PM AEST - 1 month ago

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair, Gary Gensler, said Congress needs new regulatory frameworks for crypto exchanges. At present, no single agency is directly responsible for them, leading to an incoherent regulatory approach.

A possible solution lies in the formation of a new agency to oversee crypto exchanges directly. Alternatively, an existing agency would see an expanded role. Either way, regulatory clarity remains a central sticking point for the cryptocurrency industry. Can we now expect to move forward on the issue?

The U.S. Crypto Industry May Finally Get Regulatory Clarity

Newly appointed Gensler addressed the House Financial Services Committee yesterday. Among the many topics discussed was the fact that no single agency is in charge of crypto exchanges in the U.S.

The statement was Genslers first regarding his approach to cryptocurrency regulation. He pointed out that crypto businesses must deal with multiple regulators. The issue is compounded by a mishmash of rules at both the state and federal levels.

By putting in place a regulatory framework for exchanges, Gensler hopes more direct oversight will lead to a vibrant crypto marketplace thats safer for investors.

That could instill greater confidence. Right now theres not a market regulator around these crypto exchanges. And thus theres really not protection against fraud or manipulation.

Chief Legal Officer at Coinbase, Paul Grewal, said he welcomes the opportunity to discuss how to get crypto regulation right. Adding, his firm is willing to share its knowledge on what works and what doesnt.

Earlier this year, in responding to SEC allegations of selling unregistered securities, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse said the regulatory landscape is a mess. Going further, he explained that Ripple deals with eight different agencies, and each has its own take on cryptocurrency.

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