Crypto may have won a major court battle yesterday. And the decision didn’t even involve crypto. In a ruling released Tuesday, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that, as the Wall Street Journal put it, “the SEC had exceeded its authority under federal law when it issued a 2020 order overhauling the governance of the data feeds.” This was a technical ruling on a case that has nothing to do with crypto. Basically, the SEC had sided with brokers that have maintained forever that exchanges like the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq wield monopolies and use that power to…
So how will Jay Clayton be remembered? As the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission during all of President’s Trump’s term, Clayton has notched major successes. But his record of supporting innovation is less impressive. And right now he stands at a crossroads. Jay Clayton has a chance to be remembered as the SEC Chairman who launched the next great wave of American financial technology. Or he can forever be recalled as the man who handed America’s crypto industry over to China.