On Tuesday, during the Senate hearing on the potential cryptocurrency regulations, the chairmen of USA’s top two market regulatory agencies largely stuck to their script. The hearing was held by the Senate Committee on Urban Affairs, Housing, and Banking which affected a wide range of regulatory concerns that are linked to the blockchain and cryptocurrencies technology, including trading platforms, ICOs (initial coin offerings), derivatives and ETFs (exchange-traded funds).
Both Giancarlo and Clayton expressed concern in their statements that at this time, the cryptocurrency exchanges are delimited at the state level and not on the federal one. They both repeated that in the future at some undefined point, there’s a chance that the Congress may try to improve the ability of federal regulators to manage the spot markets.
The chairman of SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), Jay Clayton, tried to shift the conversation back to the ICOs constantly and noted that he hasn’t seen an ICO that shouldn’t be catalogued as a security under federal regulations. The same statement he has been repeated on several past occasions as well.
He likewise gave a perception on why the SEC has struggled against the fund sponsors attempts to list Bitcoin ETFs and explained that because retail investors are largely targeted by the ETFs and are primarily one-sided markets, rules presiding their creation need to be strict than those for futures indentures, which are supervised by the CFTC. He added that the SEC will be open for revising its stance on Bitcoin ETFs if these rules are gratified later.
Meanwhile, Chairman Giancarlo grabbed the attention of many Bitcoin fanatics with some comments that seemed to be hat tips to the community.
The very first word that he used during the Congressional hearing was “hodl” and till the end of the hearing, he continued to contradict the common misconception that the coattails of blockchain technology are purged by Bitcoin.
He told the committee that it’s really important to reminisce that there’d be no blockchain if there was no Bitcoin. Overall, the whole hearing didn’t end up as a thunderclap, however, it proved what has been already made ostensible ‘that new cryptocurrency regulations are expected to be coming to the US markets soon.’