Approach to Crypto Regulation is More Proactive: CFTC Chair

The Chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has revealed that the commission is more than ready to commit to regulatory oversight of the digital currency ecosystem as the industry evolves. 


Rostin Behnam re-emphasized this commitment while giving a keynote address at the Brookings Institution Webcast on The Future of Crypto Regulation.

In the speech, Behnam said the commission had done much to permit the crypto industry to innovate at a healthy pace while enforcing guidelines that foster responsible product creation and market engagement.

While there is obviously more work to be done, Behnam said he is “encouraged by the bipartisan and bicameral support for legislation that recognizes the need for guardrails around the burgeoning digital asset economy and calls for regulation to impart transparency, accountability, stability, customer protections, and oversight across the crypto verse.”

Looking forward, the CFTC chair said the commission would be providing oversight to the crypto industry in a proactive manner with the tools that are currently available. To this end, Behnam announced that the LabCFTC unit of the commission, established by former Chairman Christopher Giancarlo will be rebranded as the Office of Technology Innovation (OTI) with an updated operating model.

“OTI will continue to lead the CFTC’s efforts in incorporating innovation and technology into our regulatory oversight and mission-critical functions, and it will do so purposefully by supporting the operating divisions and the Commission’s participation in domestic and international coordination,” Behnam said.

The CFTC chairman also highlighted how the commission will enhance its education drive with the realignment of the Office of Customer Education and Outreach within the Office of Public Affairs.

As one of the core agencies regulating the financial markets in the US, the CFTC is also obligated to join the cause to develop a unique framework for the cryptocurrency ecosystem as instructed in President Joe Biden’s Executive Order.

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European Digital Currencies Soon to Become Legal Tenders, ECB Says

Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) may soon become legal tenders in their jurisdictions as planned by major central banks in Europe as officials are currently studying such initiatives. - 2021-11-10T162118.726.jpg

On Tuesday, November 9, while speaking in a panel in Helsinki on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), Fabio Panetta, European Central Bank (ECB) executive board member, announced that the outcome may likely be in euro areas.   

Panetta explained that such status should not be taken for granted – CBDCs being legal tenders would give them an edge over other payment options offered by private firms and help achieve broader use by the public.

“It would be quite awkward not to have a legal-tender status for an additional instrument issued by a central bank,” Panetta said.

Panetta stated that the ECB will examine the issue over the next two years.

Meanwhile, Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina emphasized the importance of seamless conversion between forms of money and stated the importance of the trust that society would have in digital money.

Experts believe that consumers may shun using CBDCs if they stick with payment methods such as credit cards and apps or embrace newer options like stablecoins.

The ECB is currently conducting its study, which is examining the possibility of giving a digital euro a legal tender status as one of the major areas for investigations.

Other areas that the study is examining include interaction with the European retail payments markets, use cases, design choices, and what front and back-end technical infrastructure could best handle such issues.

Towards A Digital Euro

Digital currencies are not a new phenomenon. With the decrease in cash payments and the increasing use of cryptocurrencies, the question of future payments has been frequently discussed. As a result, many central banks are willing to introduce such a currency.

As reported by Blockchain.News in July, the Governing Council of The European Central Bank launched a test phase on a digital euro project to start preparing for the future even though there is still a long way to go before digital currencies start appearing in digital wallets.

The ECB emphasized that a final decision has yet to be made on whether a digital euro would actually be adopted. The issues surrounding CBDCs and the several options available in their development are complex and require careful thinking. So, it is no big surprise that the EU plans to take five years to work it through.

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Demand for digitalcurrencies is not just limited to Bitcoin. As @Cointelegraph notes: “While Bitcoin is by far the most popular product…other assets have also grown…with Ethereum being the second-biggest gainer.” Symbol: $ETHE.

Demand for #digitalcurrencies is not just limited to #Bitcoin. As @Cointelegraph notes: “While Bitcoin is by far the most popular product…other assets have also grown…with #Ethereum being the second-biggest gainer.” Symbol: $ETHE.


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