Jay Clayton, Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, said that Bitcoin (BTC) markets need better regulation before they can be traded on major exchanges, CNBC reported on 19 September.
According to the report, Clayton was speaking at the CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference, where he remarked that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies do not go through the same price discovery practices as products on major exchanges, such as Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange. He said:
“If investors think there’s the same rigor around that price discovery as there is on the Nasdaq or New York Stock Exchange… They are sorely mistaken. We have to get to a place where we can be confident that trading is better regulated.”
While Bitcoin itself is not currently being traded on a major exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange’s Bitcoin future contracts are. Clayton also stated that, for cryptocurrencies themselves to be added on major exchanges, crypto markets need to build the same investor protections as the ones on major exchanges.
For a long time now, cryptocurrencies have tried to go mainstream through efforts to launch Exchange Traded Fund’s (ETF), but according to CNBC’s report, such attempts have been rejected by regulators over concerns of the volatility and fraud in the crypto space. As previously reported, the BZX Equity Exchange withdrew its proposal for a VanEck/SolidX Bitcoin ETF again last Friday.