SEC Chair Points to Crypto Industry’s Fraud and Non-Compliance
SEC Chair Gary Gensler has expressed concerns about the prevalence of fraud and lack of protections in the crypto market, urging investors to remain vigilant and aware of the risks associated with crypto investments.
Gary Gensler, the chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has voiced concern over fraud and non-compliance in the crypto space. Speaking in a recent Bloomberg interview, he highlighted the risks associated with crypto investments.
Gensler’s comments arrive amid an ongoing legal conflict involving XRP’s security status. He used the interview to underscore the crypto market’s issues, particularly the high rate of fraudulent activities and deception.
He warned investors that the industry’s speculative nature isn’t the only risk. Gensler urged vigilance and a clear understanding that existing securities law may not fully protect them.
Reflecting on the SEC’s major lawsuit with Ripple, Gensler expressed unease about the crypto industry’s structure. He underlined that, while securities laws should offer protection, the crypto market often falls short.
Turning to crypto exchanges, Gensler compared their regulatory compliance to traditional exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. He asserted:
“Platforms and intermediaries may not offer the same full, fair, and truthful disclosure. They might engage in practices that would never pass on NYSE or NASDAQ.”
Gensler took issue with some exchange practices, such as “commingling and trading against you.” He also noted concerns about market makers acting against traders’ interests. However, Gensler did acknowledge some “good faith actors” in the sector. Yet, he suggested their numbers are vastly outweighed by those not complying with regulations.
Gensler’s warnings echo the SEC’s enforcement-first approach, criticized for creating regulatory ambiguity. This uncertainty came into focus with the recent XRP ruling. The SEC is currently engaged in legal disputes with leading crypto exchanges Coinbase and Binance. These lawsuits, along with Gensler’s comments, underscore the murky state of crypto regulation in the United States. Investors and the industry await more explicit regulatory guidance.
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