• Gary Gensler at the SEC
    Cryptocurrencies,  Regulation,  Ripple,  XRP

    Gary Gensler at the SEC: Will he be a friend to the crypto industry?

    Although he’s written passionately about digital assets in the past, he’s previously said that most cryptocurrencies sold through ICOs are securities

    If appointed, his tenure at the SEC would likely be considerably different than Jay Clayton’s, whose legacy has been tainted by a considerable lack of regulatory certainty surrounding digital assets—much to the exasperation of the cryptocurrency innovators and investors, as well as some regulators like SEC Commissioner Hester “Crypto Mom” Peirce.

  • Rya W. Zobel
    Bitcoin,  Cryptocurrencies,  Ethereum,  Opinion,  Regulation,  Ripple,  United States,  XRP

    Judge rules ‘virtual currencies’ are commodities

    Regulatory waters clear as mud

    On October 3, 2018, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a statement saying that Judge Rya W. Zobel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts declared “virtual currencies” are commodities. The order coming from Judge Zobel is one of several rulings and statements that have gripped the crypto-sphere over the last year or so as digital asset creators, their investors, exchanges, and various companies and organizations attempt to gain clarity over whether their distribution, purchase and selling, and use of digital assets is legal in the United States. Unfortunately, the ruling from Judge Zobel and subsequent statement from the CFTC only seems to muddy the waters…