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SEC Chair Gensler Confirms Bitcoin Is Not A Security. What About BTC Commodity Status? Details

During the recent House Financial Services Committee hearing, Gary Gensler, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), made significant statements about the regulatory status of Bitcoin (BTC), sparking a serious debate within the crypto community and beyond.

Gensler’s refusal to yield to the pressures from the crypto industry was on full display during the hearing. Although Gensler’s testimony provided some clarity, he left the crypto industry in a state of uncertainty due to his ambiguity.

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A Clarification of Bitcoin’s Status

A member of the XRP community shared a clip from the hearing on X showing Gensler’s view on Bitcoin as a security. After trying to dodge the question during the hearing, Gensler agreed that, according to U.S. laws, Bitcoin (BTC), the largest crypto by market cap, cannot be considered a security.

This affirmation reiterated the long-standing belief of the SEC and the crypto community. It also removed any lingering doubts about Bitcoin’s classification as a security, which had been a point of contention in the past, especially with the XRP lawsuit.

However, Gensler did not clearly classify it as a commodity. The absence of a direct answer to Bitcoin’s commodity status has added more complexity to the landscape of crypto regulations and could have far-reaching implications for the cryptocurrency market.

The SEC’s Ongoing Crackdown

The SEC has recently intensified its regulatory actions against the digital asset industry. This crackdown has been met with a flurry of legal debates surrounding Bitcoin’s legal standing and has raised concerns about the SEC’s approach to other cryptocurrencies.

Gensler’s firm belief that many cryptocurrencies should be treated as securities, thereby subject to U.S. securities laws, has not wavered despite losses such as the XRP lawsuit, where the judge ruled that XRP was not a security.

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Just as the testimony shared before the hearing shows, Gensler continues to assert the necessity of applying traditional securities laws to the crypto asset securities market. He cites a prevailing issue of non-compliance within the industry.

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Gensler’s unyielding stance has drawn criticism, and questions about transparency have been raised regarding Gensler’s interactions with FTX, the now-defunct crypto exchange, and its founder, Sam Bankman-Fried. Congressman Patrick McHenry pointed to these dealings as part of a broader issue concerning trust and transparency from the SEC.

While the congressional hearing showcased growing bipartisan cooperation on crypto-related bills, the crypto community remains uncertain of the future. The crypto industry wants regulatory clarity, and explicit directives will help determine the industry’s future.


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Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba
Tobi Loba is a passionate writer with a vast interest in the stock market. She joined the crypto ecosystem about three years ago and has written lots of ebooks and articles in relation to cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. Tobi Loba earned her degree at the University of Ibadan.
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