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Former CFTC Chairman Says Digital Money Is the Future

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Thu, 03/11/2021 - 15:56
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Alex Dovbnya
"Crypto Dad" Christopher Giancarlo wants the U.S. to race ahead of China in cryptocurrency adoption
Former CFTC Chairman Says Digital Money Is the Future
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In a recent interview with Fox Business, Christopher Giancarlo, the former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission behind the non-profit Digital Dollar Foundation, said that regulations can offer a competitive advantage.

The U.S., as he notes, competes with other countries for regulated exchange on a daily basis.

Giancarlo adds that China has now launched a digital yuan while the U.S. is falling behind.

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He further explains that the country that controls the underlying standards will end up controlling the new asset class, which will indeed be the future of money:

The United States was the leader. The United States was the leader in the space program. And, as a result of that, we had a leading role in setting the standards for these innovations.

The "Crypto Dad" is urging America's regulators to take the leading role:

We need to lead in these innovations as well so that the standards for the future of money, the digital future of money are the standards that we’ve longed believed in: the rule of law, free and fair open markets, and economic privacy.

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"Ride it or get knocked over"

Giancarlo compares the digitalization of money to how photos have changed over the past decades:

Our kids take a photo (a snap) on a mobile phone, and they can send it anywhere in the world instantaneously...They don't understand why they can't do the same thing with money.

According to Giancarlo, banks will be challenged in the same way that Kodak's business model was disrupted by digital photography.

You either harness it and ride it or you get knocked over.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.