5 months ago 2 min read

After the FTX Incident, Coinbase CEO Slams SEC for Lacking Regulatory Clarity


While the cryptocurrency exchange anxiously searches for investors, the FTX liquidity issue continues to worsen. The present issue has caught the attention of regulators and lawmakers alike. Elizabeth Warren, a senator, used this occasion to criticize the cryptocurrency industry. She stated in a tweet on Wednesday:

Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, chimed in and said that FTX.com was an offshore exchange and not subject to American regulation. He further laid the blame at the feet of the SEC, claiming that the regulator had failed to make things clear in the United States. Because of this, about 95% of trading activity as well as some American investors switched to offshore exchanges. Punishing American businesses in the wake of the FTX collapse, he claimed, is absurd.

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, concurred with the Coinbase CEO's remarks. To maintain confidence and openness, he continued, crypto businesses must get governmental guidelines. Users have started switching to offshore exchanges, Garlinghouse continued, because there is no guidance in the United States.

The head of Ripple continued by advising the American regulators to follow Singapore's lead, where there is a licensing structure, token taxonomy written out, and much more. Garlinghouse even added:

“They can appropriately regulate crypto b/c they’ve done the work to define what 'good' looks like, and know all tokens aren’t securities.”

U.S. SEC and CFTC Aim to Look Into FTX

According to people with knowledge of the situation, both the U.S. The CFTC and SEC are looking into how FTX handled consumer money improperly. According to the sources, the SEC started looking into FTX U.S.'s cryptocurrency lending activity months ago. Bloomberg further noted, citing the sources:

American regulators are also looking into the platform’s relationship with its American counterpart FTX US and Bankman-Fried’s trading house Alameda Research.

Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of FTX, has been looking into alternatives since Coinbase withdrew from the acquisition agreement on Wednesday. Justin Sun, the creator of Tron, has also alluded to a prospective collaboration with FTX.

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