SEC Chair Says PoS Crypto Tokens are Securities, Clashes with CFTC
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission Chairperson Gary Gensler reiterated that all proof-of-stake (PoS) crypto tokens should be registered as securities. According to Gensler, creators of PoS protocols often promote their projects on social media, thus luring investors based on the expectation of earning a return. Without naming any crypto token, Gensler indicated that the PoS crypto projects should begin seeking regulatory consideration.
“I would suggest that each of these token operators, obviously consulting with the appropriate talent, seek to come into compliance,” Gensler said during an open meeting of the SEC on Wednesday.
Previously, Gensler indicated that all digital assets apart from Bitcoin, which utilizes a proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism, are unregistered securities. As a result, Gensler’s sentiment puts the most prominent smart contract ecosystem, Ethereum, at risk of being classified as unregistered security in the United States.
Nonetheless, the crypto market is global, and the United States only controls approximately 25 percent of worldwide economic activities.
The Bigger Picture
Notably, crypto firms do not want to be regulated under the securities act due to the investor-protection requirements that come along. For instance, if Ripple loses the case with the SEC, XRP holders will be entitled to dividends on the company’s income, thus diluting the company’s revenue. Additionally, the SEC is trending carefully not to send crypto companies to overseas jurisdictions that have friendly legal regulations.
Moreover, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse has previously indicated that Ripple will move to a crypto-friendly market like Dubai if the SEC wins the ongoing XRP lawsuit. Meanwhile, the SEC is torn between protecting investors and harming nascent technology.
Furthermore, some crypto projects have predatory tokenomics, whereby the founders have diluted the project’s market with fresh tokens, thus diluting the underlying value.