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Will Gary Gensler at SEC be Good for Crypto?

Traders Magazine | Shanny Basar  | Jan 21, 2021

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Gary Gensler has been nominated as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission and his expertise in fintech and digital currency could lead to new regulatory approvals such as a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund.

Gensler is a professor of the practice of Global Economics and Management at MIT Sloan School of Management and co-director of MIT’s Fintech@CSAIL, which collaborates with industry and also senior advisor to the MIT digital currency initiative, researching artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, and new financial technologies.

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Google searches for “Gary Gensler Bitcoin” jumped after his appointment was confirmed:

Gensler is a professor of the practice of Global Economics and Management at MIT Sloan School of Management and co-director of MIT’s Fintech@CSAIL, which collaborates with industry and also senior advisor to the MIT digital currency initiative, researching artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, and new financial technologies.

Google searches for “Gary Gensler Bitcoin” jumped after his appointment was confirmed:

twitter perspectives on Gary Gensler about BTC - Will Gary Gensler at SEC be Good for Crypto?


MachinaTrader, part of Swiss fintech MachinaWare, said in a blog that

Gensler has supported cryptocurrencies, including telling Congress that Bitcoin was a “modern form of gold.”

“He also believes that Diem (formally Libra) meets the requirements for being classified as a security,” added MachinaTrader. “However, Gensler is also aware that the asset class is rife with vulnerabilities, scams, and manipulation.”


Jake Chervinsky, co-chair of the decentralized finance (DeFi) group at the Blockchain Association, said

the SEC could approve a bitcoin exchange-traded fund.

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Dennis Kelleher, president and chief executive of Better Markets, said: “Based on years of working closely with Gary at the CFTC, when he fought valiantly and relentlessly to enact the Dodd-Frank financial reform law...

We know Gary will fulfill the SEC’s mission to prioritize investor protection, promote U.S. capital markets and facilitate capital formation for the productive economy. In stark contrast to the prior chairman, Gary will actually look out for Mr. and Mrs. 401k and Main Street investors, not use them as PR cover for an anti-investor agenda.”


Want to know, what the incoming SEC Chairman Gary Gensler thinks about cryptocurrency?

Check out: coindesk.com/ex-cftc-chair- Especially his remarks regarding Ripple and Ethereum give some food for thought.

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