The chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gary Gensler, explained that there is not enough investor protection in cryptocurrency. He added that the securities regulator needs more funding and manpower to effectively regulate the crypto sector.
SEC Chair Gensler Says More Funding Needed to Regulate Crypto Space
SEC Chairman Gary Gensler detailed his agency’s approach to regulating cryptocurrencies before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday. He assured senators that the SEC is working overtime to create a regulatory framework for crypto assets.
Noting the enormity of the task, he told Senator Catherine Cortez Masto that the SEC could use “a lot more people” to evaluate the 6,000 digital “projects” and determine whether they are securities under the U.S. securities law. He said:
Currently, we just don’t have enough investor protection in crypto finance, issuance, trading, or lending. Frankly, at this time, it’s more like the Wild West or the old world of ‘buyer beware’ that existed before the securities laws were enacted.