We Have to Rely on 70-Year-Old Case Law to Determine What’s a Security or Commodity – Regulation Bitcoin News

The chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) says his agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) “have to rely on 70-year-old case law to determine what’s a security or a commodity.” He stressed that the SEC and CFTC are working together to regulate the crypto space, noting that “It’s not a turf war.”

CFTC Chairman: Crypto Regulation, Working with SEC

Rostin Benhamam, chairman of Commodity Futures Trading Commission – CFTC discussed cryptocurrency regulation during a CNBC interview.

He answered a question on whether or not the CFTC is compatible with the Securities and Exchange Commission, (SEC), and whether they share resources for regulating the crypto industry.

We do get along. We are able to share.

“For the CFTC, the difficulty is we are a derivatives regulator. We don’t oversee the cash markets. So, the authority that I’ve been asking Congress for is cash authorities, so that we can go in the bitcoin cash market, the ether cash market, and the other digital commodity token [markets],” the CFTC chief explained.

Commenting on SEC Chairman Gary Gensler stating that the majority of crypto tokens out there are securities, Behnam stated: “Well, we’re gonna have to figure that out legislatively because it’s a new asset class. There are different components and characteristics of this asset class as opposed to traditional asset classes.” The CFTC boss described:

We have to rely on 70-year-old case-law to determine what’s a security, what’s a commodity.

“We have one court case in New York that says bitcoin is a commodity … We’re trying to find a reasonable outcome that will create certainty for the market,” he concluded.

Behnam also stressed that “it’s not a turf war” between the two regulatory agencies.

Gensler, SEC chairman, stated previously that they are cooperating to regulate the cryptocurrency sector. While Gensler admitted that bitcoin is a commodity, he said last month that “Of the nearly 10,000 tokens in the crypto market, I believe the vast majority are securities.”

The SEC has announced, last month that it will establish a special office for reviewing crypto filings. Gensler stated that Gensler has requested SEC staff members to improve crypto compliance.

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Kevin Helms

Kevin, a student of Austrian Economics and evangelist since 2011, discovered Bitcoin. His main interests are in Bitcoin security, open source systems, network effects, cryptography, and intersections between economics, cryptography, and Cryptography.

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