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May 21, 2024

Fact Sheet: Questions to Consider on the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Cantrell Dumas, Director of Derivatives Policy, issued the following statement regarding a Better Markets fact sheet on the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act, which will be voted on in the House of Representatives this week.

“The crypto legislation pending in the House raises serious questions about investor, consumer, markets, and financial stability protections, as outlined in our fact sheet. Whether one supports or opposes any legislation, consideration of these key issues should inform the debate.

“That debate should recognize that the preeminent status of the U.S. capital markets is at stake. That’s because unleashing crypto crooks on investors and our capital markets without proper protections puts the reputation of our markets as the best place for investors around the globe to send their money at risk. Investors only send their money here because the U.S. markets are well-regulated, and investors correctly believe that while their investment might lose money, they won’t be wantonly ripped off and lied to about their investments. That’s why it is vital for everyone to ask the hard questions about any claimed regulation of crypto.

“Congress should consider whether this legislation could potentially open loopholes to avoid SEC regulation, similar to unregulated derivatives before the 2008 crisis. Legislators must also ask if the resources provided to the CFTC in the bill are adequate for an already underfunded agency. Without proper funding, adding more mandates to the CFTC will inevitably and significantly compromise the agency’s ability to fulfill its vital roles that all Americans depend on and benefit from. Fully funding the CFTC should be the priority, and only then should any consideration be given to adding more work for the agency.”

The fact sheet can be found here.


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