The SEC has warned that synthetic stocks being traded on blockchains are still subject to securities laws, and any financial institutions selling such tokens to investors may face legal scrutiny by regulators.
In a speech to the American Bar Association on Tuesday, SEC Chair Gary Gensler said that any cryptocurrencies whose price mirrors that of other traditional securities still have to report to the commission. His latest remarks were mainly directed at virtual tokens that follow the performance of companies such as Amazon and Tesla, simulating derivative products. According to him, any products that are security-based must adhere to trade-reporting laws.
“Make no mistake: It doesn’t matter whether it’s a stock token, a stable value token backed by securities, or any other virtual product that provides synthetic exposure to underlying securities,” Gensler explained. “These platforms – whether in the decentralized or centralized finance space – are implicated by the securities laws and must work within our securities regime.”
Synthetic securities have become increasingly popular among the crypto community, as they give access to otherwise restricted investments to users around the globe, particularly those in the US. Gensler also said that the commission may enact regulatory actions in the future, pledging to use all of the SEC’s enforcement resources to go after those that still offer the security-pegged tokens without registering them.
In perhaps unrelated news, the impending regulatory crackdown may have also seeded panic among the folks at Binance, which this week hastily announced that it will remove all token-based securities from its global platform.
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