Cryptocurrency-uitwisselingen

Amerikaanse SEC-voorzitter maakt zich zorgen dat ‘vermenging’ door crypto-uitwisselingen de activa van klanten in gevaar kan brengen

Gary Gensler. Bron: een video-screenshot, Bloomberg Markets and Finance / YouTube

Cryptoasset-uitwisselingen plaatsen geen muren tussen respectieve delen van hun activiteiten, zoals handel, bewaring en marketingdiensten, wat zou kunnen leiden tot de “vermenging” van hun activiteiten, en de belangen van hun klanten in gevaar brengen, volgens Garry Gensler, voorzitter van de Amerikaanse Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). De functionaris gaf ook aan dat zijn bureau de banden onderzoekt tussen de toonaangevende stablecoins en grote beurzen.

“Crypto heeft veel van die uitdagingen – van platforms die vóór hun klanten handelen”, vertelde het hoofd van de toezichthouder aan Bloomberg en beweerde dat,

“In feite handelen ze vaak tegen hun klanten omdat ze marktmarkeringen maken tegen hun klanten.”

The latest statement comes shortly after the SEC announced it created some 20 additional positions, for a total of 50, within the unit responsible for protecting investors in crypto markets and from cyber-related threats. Called the Crypto Assets and Cyber Unit, the entity was formerly known as the Cyber Unit. Gensler said the expansion would allow the agency to “be better equipped to police wrongdoing in the crypto markets while continuing to identify disclosure and controls issues with respect to cybersecurity”.

The official has established himself as a vocal critic of many segments of the crypto industry. He argues that most digital assets fall under the SEC’s regulatory purview and that crypto trading platforms should register with the agency. With this in mind, the regulator is determined to bolster its enforcement efforts, according to the official.

At the same time, the SEC is closely observing the stablecoin market, as Gensler finds that it is no accident that the three leading stablecoins, Tether, USD Coin (USDC), and Binance USD, have ties to major exchanges.

“I don’t think that’s a coincidence,” the agency’s head said.

Making a reference to anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-customer (KYC) measures, Gensler also said that each “one of the three big ones were founded by the trading platforms to facilitate trading on those platforms and potentially avoid AML and KYC”.

Gensler’s approach to stablecoins seems to be shared by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Speaking at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday, she said that stablecoins represented “risks to financial stability” and as such, they should be subject to new regulations.

“We really need a consistent federal framework,” Yellen told senators, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal.

Vorige maand woonde Gensler een conferentie bij die werd georganiseerd door de Carey Law School van de University of Pennsylvania, waar hij sprak over de toekomst van digitale activa in een keynote-presentatie. Voor sommige waarnemers in de crypto-industrie was de toegenomen focus van de toezichthouder op dergelijke activa op zichzelf slecht nieuws.

“Iets zegt me dat zodra de SEC erbij betrokken raakt, we de toekomst van digitale activa vaarwel kunnen zeggen”, tweette een gebruiker.

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Source: https://cryptonews.com/news/us-sec-chair-worries-commingling-by-crypto-exchanges-could-endanger-clients-assets.htm

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