Daily Crypto, Finance, and Tech News Summary – December 19, 2023

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US Gov Regulator CFTC Says “Most Cryptocurrencies Are Commodities”, Clashing With SEC Over Classifications

The U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Rostin Behnam declared most cryptocurrencies as commodities, revealing a regulatory “turf war.”

Behnam’s statement on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” aims to provide clarity on crypto assets’ status in U.S. law.

He emphasized the need for immediate legislative action due to the regulatory complexities in the crypto industry.

The U.S., a leading country in cryptocurrency, faces challenges due to unclear regulations and enforcement actions.

Behnam highlighted the ongoing conflict between the CFTC and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over crypto regulation, admitting that there is a “turf war” going on between regulatory bodies on who gets to regulate the cryptocurrency industry.

This dispute obstructs the establishment of clear guidelines for digital assets and the broader crypto industry.

Behnam’s views differ from SEC Chair Gary Gensler’s stance, who labels most crypto assets as securities under SEC control.

Despite differing views, Behnam noted a positive working relationship with the SEC, focusing on protecting U.S. markets and consumers.

So far, Bitcoin has already been considered a commodity by both the SEC and CFTC.

In a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, Behnam classified Ethereum and stablecoins as commodities.

Behnam based this on their listing on CFTC exchanges, granting the agency jurisdiction over their derivatives and underlying markets.

The CFTC previously identified Bitcoin, Ether, and Tether as commodities in a 2021 lawsuit against FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

Conversely, Gensler from the SEC maintains that all except Bitcoin are securities, suggesting even tokens initially dropped overseas eventually fall under SEC jurisdiction.

The battle is set to heat up in 2024, as the need for the U.S. to clearly set guidelines becomes more urgent, as they fall behind other regions such as the UK, EU, Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai. Read more here.

More On This Topic:

Crypto Cardano’s founder Hoskinson criticizes US regulator’s favoritism towards Bitcoin.

Global powerhouses at G20 summit shape cryptocurrency regulations.

U.S. regulators told Coinbase exchange to stop trading anything except Bitcoin.

UK gov says firm “NO” to crypto as gambling.

Australia prepares to regulate digital asset platforms, incl exchanges, not tokens.

Why Does Zucoin Compare Itself To Bitcoin?

Zucoin’s approach to meeting regulations, similar to Bitcoin, stems from a strategic understanding of the digital asset landscape.

It’s been Zucoin’s goal to target a digital commodity status, as Bitcoin has been able to achieve.

Both Bitcoin and Zucoin recognize that adherence to regulatory standards is not just a compliance necessity but a strategic advantage in an industry often scrutinized for its lack of regulation.

Bitcoin, the pioneer of cryptocurrencies, has done its best to operate decentralized, with a lack of a central authority.

This has posed challenges for regulators up until recently.

Over time, Bitcoin has gained a degree of regulatory acceptance as a digital commodity, primarily due to its transparency, decentralization strategy via mining (albeit hugely energy intensive), and the fact that it does not fall under the traditional definition of a security as network participants—miners, need to put in the work.

Although earning fees off the network for processing transactions is still a grey area that may see some more regulations come into that side of it, especially for Proof-of-Stake cryptocurrencies like Ethereum or Solana.

Bitcoin’s recognition as a commodity by major regulatory bodies like the CFTC and the SEC has solidified its standing in the financial world.

Zucoin, operating on the SplitChain technology, has aimed to take the best principles pioneered by traditional cryptocurrencies and internet protocols, but implemented in a very different way, to create a different set of unique benefits for its peers and network.

When it comes to decentralization and regulatory compliance, there are a number of factors the Zucoin team has considered, including:

  1. Consumer Trust and Market Legitimacy: By aligning with regulatory frameworks, Zucoin aims to build trust among users and investors. Regulatory compliance signifies stability and reliability, essential attributes for widespread adoption.
  2. Technical Architecture Aligning with Regulatory Preferences: Zucoin’s SplitChain technology, with its unique features like the absence of traditional blocks and two-way transaction confirmations, offers an innovative approach to transaction processing and security. This aligns with regulatory concerns around consumer protection and market integrity.
  3. Environmental Considerations: The global regulatory environment is increasingly focusing on the environmental impact of cryptocurrencies, particularly those using energy-intensive consensus mechanisms like Proof of Work (PoW). Zucoin’s energy-efficient architecture and the absence of a mining process place it in a favorable position in light of such environmental regulations.
  4. Market Access and Expansion: Regulatory compliance opens doors to broader markets. For instance, many institutional investors and enterprise companies are restricted to investing or working with systems that comply with certain regulatory standards. Zucoin’s focus on meeting these standards makes it more accessible to a wider pool of interested parties.
  5. Anticipating Future Regulatory Developments: The cryptocurrency regulatory landscape is still evolving. By focusing on compliance and keeping up-to-date with the latest developments, Zucoin is doing its best to position itself and adapt quickly to future regulatory changes, reducing the risk of disruptive compliance requirements later.

This approach is not just about adhering to the current regulatory framework but also about anticipating and shaping future regulatory landscapes, while maintaining a careful path toward becoming a decentralized digital commodity.

Zucoin’s focus on meeting regulations akin to Bitcoin is an acknowledgment that the future of digital assets lies not in operating on the fringes of traditional systems, but in becoming an integral, compliant part of their next evolutionary step.

The Splitchain network is being designed to handle many capabilities and use cases, of which some similar areas cause congestion on Bitcoin’s network, while keeping the compliance side of it intact.


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