CFTC chief says Bitcoin is the only commodity in the wake of FTX collapse


The chief of the USA Commodity Futures Buying and selling Fee (CFTC), Rostin Behnam, claimed Bitcoin is the one crypto asset that may be seen as a commodity throughout an invite-only crypto occasion at Princeton College, reported Fortune.

Behnam’s feedback are fairly a distinction to his early statements in October, the place he claimed Ether (ETH) may be seen as a commodity. The CFTC chief was answering a query on which crypto belongings needs to be seen as commodities and which of them qualify as securities.

The CFTC chief’s backtracking of his feedback on ETH comes within the wake of heavy scrutiny of U.S regulators and accusations of corruption, with Republican lawmakers accusing the SEC chair of coordinating with FTX ‘to obtain regulatory monopoly.’

The talk over which cryptocurrencies qualify as commodities underneath the regulation has been a long-drawn one. Bitcoin is unanimously seen as non-security due to its true decentralized nature whereas the standing of Ether and several other different cryptocurrencies have been a controversial subject. Ripple is at the moment going through a safety lawsuit from the SEC as properly.

The American monetary regulator has discovered itself in sizzling waters within the wake of the FTX crypto alternate collapse primarily due to its affiliation with the alternate.

CFTC was poised to receive oversight capacity through proposed Senate legislation referred to as the Digital Commodities Client Safety Act (DCCPA), The CFTC chief confronted loads of criticism for a similar however defended the fee’s actions claiming they don’t have the luxurious to attend.

Behnam stated the committee has restricted oversight powers and blamed the “matrix of regulators” as an imperfect system. Nonetheless, he referred to as for higher collaboration among the many lengthy record of regulatory our bodies to provide you with formidable rules.

Associated: Here’s how the CFTC could prevent the next FTX

The CFTC chief is slated for a congressional listening to on Dec. 1, discussing the collapse of the now-bankrupt crypto alternate FTX and the lessons learned from the debacle.

The shut ties of former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried with US policymakers and his lobbying efforts to make CFTC the first crypto regulatory physique has been questioned by many within the crypto group. A current report additionally alleged that 8 U.S. congressman tried to cease the SEC from inquiring into FTX.