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.
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.