Gary Gensler. Kilde: et videoskærmbillede, Bloomberg Markets and Finance / YouTube
Cryptoasset-udvekslinger placerer ikke vægge mellem respektive dele af deres aktiviteter, såsom handel, depot og marketingtjenester, hvilket kan føre til “sammenblanding” af deres aktiviteter og sætte deres kunders interesser i fare, ifølge Garry Gensler, formand. fra US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Embedsmanden indikerede også, at hans agentur ser på båndene mellem de førende stablecoins og større børser.
“Crypto har mange af disse udfordringer – med platforme, der handler foran deres kunder,” sagde regulatorens chef til Bloomberg og hævdede, at
“Faktisk handler de ofte mod deres kunder, fordi de markedsmærker mod deres kunder.”
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.
Sidste måned deltog Gensler i en konference arrangeret af University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, hvor han talte om fremtiden for digitale aktiver i en hovedpræsentation. For nogle iagttagere af kryptoindustrien var regulatorens øgede fokus på sådanne aktiver i sig selv dårlige nyheder.
“Noget siger mig, at så snart SEC bliver involveret, kan vi kysse Future of Digital Assets farvel,” tweetede en bruger.