SEC Causing ‘Confusion’ Over Digital Currencies in Legal Case With Ripple: WSJ Editorial Board

SEC Causing ‘Confusion’ Over Digital Currencies in Legal Case With Ripple: WSJ Editorial Board

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board criticized the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for causing “confusion” over its approach to cryptocurrency in an editorial.

Regulators are “creating danger” for retail investors as exemplified by the SEC’s lawsuit against Ripple over its alleged issuance of native currency XRP as an unregistered security, according to the WSJ.

The findings in this case “have highlighted the inconsistency of the SEC’s approach,” in not treating bitcoin and ethereum as securities, for example.

Something of a watershed in the case emerged April 7 when Ripple was granted access to the SEC’s internal communications on how it determined whether a crypto is a security.

Exemptions had been announced previously for bitcoin and ether by the SEC through statements from former chairman Jay Clayton, “with no formal rule-making,” according to the editorial.

This suggests that the SEC has not set clear rules about which currencies it feels it should regulate and which it does not.

“This confusion poses risks for investors,” the editorial says, which threatens to derail the mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency as represented by Coinbase’s $86 billion public offering last week.

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