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FTX Boss Addresses SEC-Coinbase Drama


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Alex Dovbnya

FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried has once again supported federal oversight of crypto

The boss of one of the biggest cryptocurrency companies believes that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will be responsible for regulating those tokens that qualify as securities.

In the meantime, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will have control over those tokens that have the characteristics of commodities.

Bankman-Fried’s comments came hot on the heels of Coinbase’s most recent scuffle with the SEC.
As reported by U.Today, the agency determined that at least nine cryptocurrencies listed by the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange are unregistered securities. The regulator has essentially indicated that most tokens listed by Coinbase fall into that category. However, since the complaint doesn’t name either the companies behind the tokens or the exchange, they cannot defend themselves in court.

The exchange pushed back against the SEC’s claims in a blog post, claiming that it doesn’t list securities. Coinbase also asked the regulator for a “concrete” regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies. The exchange accused the SEC of trying to bring all cryptocurrencies into its jurisdiction even though they are not securities.

Last October, Coinbase argued that the U.S. government had to create a crypto-specific regulator, thus defanging the SEC.

In early June, Bankman-Friend said that federal regulation was “good” for cryptocurrency in an interview with CNBC. In January, he predicted that this year would bring more regulatory clarity.


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