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02 – The Future of Crypto: Regulatory Uncertainty and the Path Forward

Originally aired on September 18, 2023

 

The panel discussion on “The Future of Crypto: Regulatory Uncertainty and the Path Forward” at TOKEN2049 Singapore 2023 focused on the current state of cryptocurrency regulations, the path forward for the industry, and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The panelists discussed their views on the regulatory landscape in the US, the progress made in other jurisdictions, the need for transparency and investor protection, the impact of regulations on profitability, and the future of the industry. While there is optimism about the direction of the industry and the potential for regulatory clarity in the future, there is also a recognition of the challenges and the need for collaboration between regulators and industry players.

 

Breakthrough in US regulatory landscape:

  • Brad Garlinghouse of Ripple believes that there has already been a breakthrough in the US regulatory landscape, especially with recent court rulings regarding the SEC’s case against Ripple and Grayscale.
  • He sees the need for Congress to take action to provide further clarity and regulation for the industry.

Impact of regulations on the market dynamics:

  • Hong Fang of OKX highlighted the impact of regulations on market dynamics, particularly in jurisdictions like Hong Kong, where strict regulations limit the number of tokens that can be traded.
  • The panelists discussed the need for clarity and unanimous guidance at the federal level in the US to drive market growth and attract institutional investors.

Building trust and accountability in the industry:

  • Panelists emphasized the importance of building trust and accountability in the industry through transparency, customer protection, and responsible engagement with regulators.
  • They discussed the role of technology in enhancing transparency, such as the use of proof of reserves to ensure the backing of assets and the importance of secure custody solutions.

The role of regulation in fostering innovation:

  • The panelists acknowledged the need for regulation to protect investors and foster innovation. However, they also highlighted the challenge of striking the right balance to avoid stifling the growth and development of the industry.
  • They emphasized the importance of new rules that address the unique characteristics of blockchain technology and digital assets, rather than applying existing rules designed for traditional finance.

Outlook on the Bitcoin spot ETF and other developments:

  • The panelists shared their perspectives on the Bitcoin spot ETF and its potential approval in the US. While they acknowledged the increasing likelihood of its approval, they also highlighted the current regulatory stance and the need for more progress in regulatory clarity.
  • They discussed the potential impact of a Bitcoin spot ETF on the market, including increased liquidity and institutional investor participation.

Looking ahead:

  • The panelists expressed optimism about the future of the industry and the potential for progress in regulations.
  • They highlighted the importance of continuous engagement with regulators, focusing on technology-driven solutions, and the need for industry-wide agreement on fundamental regulatory frameworks.
  • They also discussed the potential for major developments in the stablecoin business, layer-2 scaling solutions, and the balance between transparency and privacy in the industry.

Speakers

Brad Garlinghouse
CEO
Ripple
Hong Fang
President
OKX
Mike Belshe
Co-Founder and CEO
BitGo
Annabelle Droulers
TV Reporter
Bloomberg