SEC Commissioner Favours Self Regulation of the Crypto Market

“Crypto Mom” has spoken yet again, this time in favor of self-regulation of the cryptocurrency markets when possible.

The United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Commissioner Hester M. Peirce, aka “Crypto Mom,” made the remarks while delivering a public talk on March 9 along with former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Gary Gensler at the MIT Bitcoin Expo 2019.

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Peirce’s remarks came in response to Gensler’s proposal of creating a more robust and unified national level regulatory framework for digital asset industry.

Gensler stood by his arguments of creating a national level regulation over a broader spectrum of crypto trading to protect the investors’ interest, curbing money laundering, and streamlining the regulatory discrepancies in various states. However, Peirce was flexible to impose anything on the decade-old industry.

“One really important thing to remember is that people regulate each other in their interactions with one another, and that’s the whole purpose of the Bitcoin idea, that it would be a community that would be able to regulate itself,” Peirce responded. “As problems arise, people in that community are thinking about how to deal with those problems. One model would be to have a government regulator, but I don’t think that’s the only model.”

“We need to have clear regulatory guidelines, that’s something I think you’ve been very forthright in calling for, which I think is really important. We do need to let people know where they stand, but then within that, we need to let people do what they want to do and try not to have too much government partnership with the private sector,” she added.

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Peirce also put some light on the agency’s stand on the much anticipated Bitcoin-backed exchange-traded fund (ETF). Mentioning the rejection of Winklevoss-brothers proposal of introducing a Bitcoin ETF, she said: “When [the SEC] said no to this particular application, I thought the SEC went beyond our statutory authority. I thought we should have allowed this to trade.”

Earlier this year, the SEC Commissioner stated that the lack of strict guidelines has helped the industry grow. She even hinted that the SEC might join hands with the CFTC to tackle the ongoing regulatory issues with the cryptocurrency market.

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