Regulation and Oversight of Virtual Currencies by SEC and CFTC Agencies to be Reviewed, Congressional Hearing Set

  • The Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs sets hearing for February 6 to review oversight role of the SEC and CFTC over virtual currencies, such as bitcoin
  • In an op-ed written jointly by the SEC and CFTC, agency chiefs say they would support policy efforts to revisit framework of their cryptocurrency regulation; both will testify before the committee
  • Agencies say they will seek to maintain integrity and transparency in the volatile cryptocurrency markets; goal is to protect all market participants and investors

Virtual currency oversight by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will be reviewed after the heads of both agencies testify on February 6 before a hearing of the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (http://cnw.fm/Aqb3b).

Jay Clayton, chairman of the SEC, and J. Christopher Giancarlo, chairman of the CFTC, will testify at the hearing. What they will say was telegraphed in…

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