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SEC Chair Gensler: Crypto Exchanges Are Trading Against Their Customers Often

The chairman of the U.S. and Exchange Commission (SEC), Gary Gensler, says cryptocurrency are “ against their customers often because they’re market-marking against their customers.” He has raised concerns over “commingling” .

SEC Chair Gensler on Crypto Exchanges Trading Against Customers

SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said in an with Bloomberg News Tuesday that some platforms may be against their own customers.

Gensler expressed concerns that exchanges are not segregating different parts of their businesses, such as trading, custody, and market-making. He warned that the “commingling” of services may hurt customers.

Noting that the problem of “platforms trading ahead of their customers” is widespread in the crypto space, the asserted:

In fact, they’re trading against their customers often because they’re market-marking against their customers.

The SEC chief also raised issues with , emphasizing that the three largest stablecoins are affiliated with crypto exchanges. Tether (USDT) is affiliated with Bitfinex, USD Coin (USDC) is linked to Circle, and Binance USD (BUSD) is connected to Binance.

Chair Gensler opined:

I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Each one of the three big ones were founded by the trading platforms to facilitate trading on those platforms and potentially avoid AML and KYC.

U.S. lawmakers have called for the regulation of stablecoins, citing that they pose risks to the country’s financial stability. Both the Federal Reserve Board and the Financial Stability Council (FSOC) recently warned about stablecoin runs. Earlier this week, algorithmic stablecoin terrausd (UST) lost its peg to the U.S. dollar, causing its price and the price of LUNA to plummet.

Gensler said that most digital assets under the purview of the SEC and crypto trading platforms should be registered with the agency. The agency recently said that it almost doubled the Enforcement Division’s crypto unit.

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