SEC Chairman Gary Gensler offered detailed insight into the cryptocurrency market and a potential path to regulation in a conversation with the Washington Post.
SEC Chairman Gary Gensler, speaking to the Washington Post, offered multiple thoughts on the cryptocurrency market. The interview, titled “The Path Forward: Cryptocurrency with Gary Gensler,” goes into detail about matters that range from regulation to volatility. On the whole, the impression from the speech is yet another strong call for regulation focused on investor protection.
Washington Post columnist David Ignatius opens the conversation by asking Gensler about the market’s shedding of value in the past few days. While it is hard to be certain about correlations, bitcoin’s drop has been occurring alongside a drop in global markets, spurred by news of a potential Evergrande default. Gensler says that cryptocurrencies are highly speculative and that this mostly affects the uninformed investor who puts capital in.
From the SEC’s point of view, taxation, AML/KYC compliance, and other public policy goals are the most important items on the agenda. Gensler says that the SEC is well-equipped to handle any securities-related issues and what gaps exist it has identified.
One positive takeaway from the discussion is the fact that Gensler seems happy about new technologies and innovations. He even mentions decentralized lending platforms, one of the market’s hottest sectors. Such remarks indicate that U.S. authorities are happy to encourage positive innovation.
The crypto regulation debate heats up
As SEC Chairman, Gensler has been at the heart of the discussions surrounding the cryptocurrency market. He has neither been highly critical nor extremely supportive of the emerging asset class and has made it a point to take a balanced stance on the market.
A key driver of regulation, which he has stated time and time again, is investor protection. Gensler believes that the crypto market is still lawless, and investors are the ones suffering from it. Furthermore, he deems that there are many potential securities in the crypto market, which of course, are unregistered.
Among the main focal points of regulatory oversight are stablecoins, which has been deemed a potential threat. On this matter, the U.S. Treasury is reportedly working on a regulatory framework for the niche, which is central to the DeFi market.
The rest of the world will keep a close eye on how the U.S. handles the crypto market, which has been noticeably slow on the uptake. That doesn’t seem like it will last much longer, given the unusually energetic push for regulation from authorities in recent weeks.