Regulations Will Support Growth of Cryptocurrency Market, According to Former CFTC Chair

Regulation in the crypto market has long been the enemy of decentralization and investors. However, a former chairman with the CFTC has a much different opinion, believing that the only way for the crypto market to reach its potential is to implement regulations that make room for growth.


  • Former CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler attended Business of Blockchain event
  • Clear regulations would protect participants from market manipulation, loss of private keys, etc.

Creating an atmosphere for growth is crucial for any budding market. Since Bitcoin first established digital assets as an option for investors and consumers, there’s been a battle against the world of traditional finance, fighting back and restricting the market. However, as more traders joined the community, economics struggled (and continue to struggle) with establishing criteria that allows them to function in a balanced way. Though many crypto proponents are against regulation, the former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Gary Gensler commented that the crypto market needs regulation, as it will help with the industry’s growth.

Regulations are often implemented to guide the economy and even the government in the way that cryptocurrency will be handled, but they also provide protection to consumers. Gensler spoke at the MIT Technology Review's Business of Blockchain 2019 today, where he discussed his view with Cointelegraph.

While discussing the way that regulations would impact services and products, Gensler pointed out that protection for consumers and investors must be covered in the law. This level of protection defends victims of market manipulation, private keys losses, and other dangers that are common in the market.

Gensler was asked if the approval of a Bitcoin ETF would make a difference in the market. He replied that the SEC is working to make sure that the Bitcoin ETF market would not be at risk for manipulation, in the event that there’s an exchange-traded fund made available. As Gensler sees it, the market needs to be overseen appropriately to ensure that they can mature. Further regulations could ultimately lower the risk of market manipulation, which needs to be reduced to truly see the market flourish.

While attending the MIT Bitcoin Expo 2019 two months ago, Gensler had argued that it is important to issue a national level regulation that can cover crypto trading broadly. This regulation would coordinate the efforts between preventing money laundering and dealing with the discrepancies found in the current regulatory situation in multiple states.

During the same event, SEC Commissioner Hester M. Pierce voiced her support for only having light regulations to allow more room to grow. However, she reminded attendees that security offerings still have to follow the registration requirements issued by the SEC.

The current chairman for the CFTC, Christopher Giancarlo, commented that he sees more clearinghouses to submit applications, due to the growing interest in Bitcoin, among other crypto assets.

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Krystle is an American cryptocurrency blogger that wants to see the future of crypto and blockchain technology evolve. She has been writing about cryptocurrency for about a year, with a special interest in blockchain technology and regulatory measures around the world. While away from writing and learning about the changes in the cryptocurrency industry, she likes to indulge in science fiction novels and further her experience in playing both guitar and piano.

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