Crypto is in a tough spot…

One of those lousy, unsought, “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” spots.

You see, it needs a well-thought-out and fair regulatory regime.

And it needs the government to get it right.

What Are the Chances?

Man, that’s a big ask.

It’s like inviting Uncle Sam to tax your money but not too much… to raise the interest rates but not too much… to shrink government but not too much…

How do you arrive at “too much” or, for that matter, “too little”?

Chances are, when you invite the government into your personal or professional life, you usually regret it.

You simply don’t expect them to get this stuff right.

What I hope for?

That they don’t get it completely wrong.

That’s what I’d like with crypto.

It’s pretty clear that the government wants to throw the hammer down on scamsters and schemers…

What the SEC calls “bad actors.”

Great. I agree with the SEC when it says that a thinly traded and volatile market is ripe for fraud from many different actors.

Question is, can it do this and also maintain a light touch?

Can it choose its targets with a minimalist approach?

Can it regulate what is absolutely necessary and leave the rest alone?

As I said, it’s a big ask.

Some Surprising and Not-So-Surprising Signs

Ninety-nine times out of 100, the answer is “of course not.”

But this time may be different.

The government has recently shown surprising signs of NOT wishing to drown the crypto sector in overly restrictive regulations.

A great sign?

It came from the chairman of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in a recent Senate hearing. He said that “do no harm” was the right approach for distributed ledger technology…

Just as it was some 40 years ago for the internet.

The SEC has also chipped in with some surprisingly sensible statements. A recent one said that ICOs “can be effective ways for entrepreneurs and others to raise funding.”

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