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CFTC Commissioner Proposes Trial Initiative for U.S. Crypto Oversight

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Sep 8, 2023 at 12:12 pm

Caroline Pham, a Commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has put forward a proposal for the initiation of a "time-constrained" pilot program aimed at regulating cryptocurrencies. The primary objective is to facilitate the establishment of well-regulated crypto markets and enable tokenization within the industry.

As one of the members holding a Republican seat on the CFTC's five-person commission, Pham presented her proposition at an event hosted by the Cato Institute. She recommended that the CFTC take the lead in implementing this program, drawing on key elements from prior pilot initiatives. These components encompass prerequisites for registration and eligibility, financial stipulations, risk management protocols, product and contract specifications, as well as provisions for disclosure and reporting.

Despite Commissioner Pham's prior endeavors to champion various crypto initiatives, her proposals have encountered limited enthusiasm within the CFTC. This can be attributed to the current Democratic-appointed Chairman, Rostin Behnam, who adopts a less crypto-friendly stance. Consequently, Pham's endeavors to foster crypto innovation may remain secondary within the CFTC, as the cryptocurrency sector anticipates regulatory directives from Congress to govern its operations within the United States.

Pham underscored the significance of proactively adapting to the evolving crypto landscape and being prepared for forthcoming changes. While several crypto-related bills are making progress through Congress, it remains uncertain which, if any, will be enacted into law either this year or the next. A significant portion of Democratic lawmakers advocate for rigorous regulations governing the crypto industry, aligning with the standpoint of SEC Chair Gary Gensler, who advocates for crypto businesses to operate under existing securities regulations.

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