SEC Chief Gary Gensler Labels Bitcoin a Commodity, but Other Cryptos Securities

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Gary Gensler Labels Bitcoin a Commodity

In a recent interview with Mad Money host Jim Cramer, Gensler publicly clarified his stance on cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin.

In addition to speaking on Bitcoin, Gensler explained that some cryptocurrencies that function in a similar capacity to bitcoin could also be classified as commodities.

The SEC Chief’s comments align with those of the chairperson of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Rostin Behnam, who claimed last month that Bitcoin (BTC) is a commodity.

Most Other Cryptos Are Securities

Although he declined to discuss other specific crypto tokens, the SEC Chief hinted at how the regulatory agency classifies the majority of other cryptocurrency tokens.

Gensler seemingly doesn’t feel that other cryptocurrencies can be classified as commodities in the same way, claiming that “many of these crypto financial assets have the characteristics of securities.”

On the Flipside

Why You Should Care

With Mr. Gensler being the second, consecutive SEC boss to call Bitcoin a commodity, proponents of the leading asset have welcomed the approach, agreeing that it has become all but impossible for the classification to be reassigned in the future.

Find more on Rostin Behnam’s statements below:

CFTC chairman considers Bitcoin and Ethereum to be commodities

For the latest on the SEC vs. Ripple battle, read:

SEC Vs Ripple: Hinman Related Hearing Suicidal for SEC?

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