September 24, 2021
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler said cryptocurrency exchanges have to be registered with the agency.
He warned that if they refuse, they could be prosecuted.
During an interview with Washington Post Live, Gensler said “there are trading platforms where you can buy and sell these [digital tokens], lending platforms where you can earn a return on these tokens… and it’s highly likely that they have on these platforms securities that the SEC is legally obligated to regulate.”
He also noted the agency would continue to bring enforcement cases against crypto exchanges that deny registration with the regulator.
However, he mentioned that he is afraid that this lack of supervision could do harm to US investors.
“I do really fear there’s going to be a problem with lending platforms or trading platforms and, frankly, when that happens, a lot of people are going to get hurt,” he warned.
Gensler also discussed regulation over stablecoins and compared them with the private banknotes that dominated the US economy in the mid-19th century.
“The so-called wildcat banking era had a lot of problems and costs,” Gensler said, adding that it basically requires the creation of the Federal Reserve and the public money it provides Americans today.
“Public money has a certain place around the globe. Private monies usually don’t last long, so I don’t think there’s long-term viability for five or six thousand private forms of money. History tells us otherwise.”
In June Gensler said Bitcoin was not on the SEC regulation agenda for this year.
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