CFTC Chair is extremely bullish on blockchain and bitcoin since the last couple of years have seen some of the national governments struggling with how to regulate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Some of the governments even got extremely hostile to virtual currencies while others were more accepting.
The United States was among the regulation confusion but the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is one of the agencies that are actually supportive of the leading cryptocurrency and blockchain. This bullish view was reinforced by the CFTC chair when he appeared on the CNBC’s ‘’The Exchange.’’
As we are seeing today in the blockchain news, the governments and financial officials across the world have been extremely hostile towards Bitcoin but the CFTC chair is bullish towards both. He expressed the view that the agency is concerned with the regulation regarding anti-money laundering and preserving the integrity of the entire marketplace. The reason for the regulation is to make sure that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can continue innovation.
Heath Tarbert answered why the government officials in Washington got scared over Libra but not about Bitcoin since the leading cryptocurrency has been around for ten years and is fully understood how it actually works. On the contrary, Libra is still developing and has a lot of unanswered questions about the overall structure. Tarbert also noted that Bitcoin is not considered as legal tender such as the US dollar but a commodity. Cryptocurrencies are still under the jurisdiction of the CFTC due to the Commodity Exchange ACT and this is why the BTC futures trading is approved by the CFTC.
Tarbert noted that Bitcoin could break out if the governments start accepting Bitcoin as a legitimate payment option and the state of Ohio was even the first one to accept BTC for tax payments but the state has since discontinued the program. During the appearance on CNBC, Tarbert stressed that the US should put much more effort to be the world’s leader when it comes to blockchain and he said that blockchain could even overtake the internet or at least be parallel with it. He added:
“I think whoever ends up leading in this technology will end up writing the rules of the road for the rest of the world. My emphasis is on making sure that the United States is a leader.”
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