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CFTC Commissioner Warns of Potential Regulatory Conflict with SEC Over Crypto Enforcement

Caroline Pham, a commissioner at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), raised concerns about potential conflicts between her agency and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following a recent crypto enforcement initiative.

On March 29, Pham articulated worries that the CFTC’s recent actions against KuCoin, a cryptocurrency exchange, might overlap with SEC’s regulatory domain.

The CFTC accused KuCoin of various breaches of the Commodity Exchange Act and its regulations on March 26, aligning with criminal allegations by the U.S. Justice Department.

Pham expressed apprehension that the CFTC’s strategy might encroach on SEC’s jurisdiction, potentially jeopardizing long-established investor protection laws by confusing financial instruments with financial activities.

She underscored the difference between owning shares and trading derivatives, indicating a fundamental distinction in how financial markets operate.

This situation reflects broader debates within U.S. legislative and regulatory circles regarding the oversight responsibilities of the CFTC and SEC, especially concerning cryptocurrency regulation.

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The classification of cryptocurrencies as either commodities or securities is a central theme in these discussions.

The debate has intensified, particularly around Ether, after Prometheum, a crypto company, announced its intention to offer custody services for it as a security.

The dispute over Ether’s classification is critical, as the CFTC’s complaint against KuCoin implied that Ether is a commodity.

Nonetheless, legal experts have noted that any move by the SEC to classify ETH as a security could significantly influence the CFTC’s decisions on various applications for spot Ether exchange-traded funds awaiting review.

The disagreement between the two regulatory bodies highlights the complexities of regulating emerging technologies like cryptocurrencies, as they challenge traditional regulatory frameworks and necessitate a clear delineation of oversight responsibilities.

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