SEC's Hester Peirce urges Congress to enact crypto regulations: Clarity could be provided on many questions

SEC's role is not to dictate what crypto assets are good or bad for investors, says Peirce

SEC commissioner Hester Peirce called for lawmakers to hasten their efforts and develop a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency, telling "The Claman Countdown" on Tuesday that, instead of Washington trying to "get turf" in the space, it would be better if rules were established.

HESTER PEIRCE: Some of the failures we’ve seen have nothing to do with any particular crypto asset. The beauty of markets is people can express their own views. If one person doesn’t like bitcoin that person doesn’t have to buy it. If another person does that person can buy it. As with anything people need to do their own homework, they need to think about why they are buying something, look at what they see as the value in it, and make a determination based on that. It’s not for me to say you should buy this, or you shouldn’t, you have to do your homework. 


I’m not going to speak to any particular crypto asset. What I say is people should be free to make their own decisions about what they want to purchase or not purchase. The SEC’s role is not to come in and say ‘this is good or this is bad;’ it’s not the rule of government to do that. There are many questions Congress could provide clarity on. You see the regulators running around trying to get turf in this space, but it would be better if Congress said ‘this is the framework we want.’ I would love to see that. It is a difficult task for Congress to design something like that. You’ve seen a lot of work happen, and I look forward to seeing more coming up soon.