Economy & Regulation
Two United States congressmen have introduced two pieces of legislation to help prevent alleged cryptocurrency price manipulation while aiming to position the U.S. at the forefront of innovation within the digital asset industry.
Protection From Price Manipulation
The Virtual Currency Consumer Protection Act of 2018 and the U.S. Virtual Currency Market and Regulatory Competitiveness Act of 2018 task U.S. financial regulators with researching means to protect retail investors from price manipulation, while staking the global economic powerhouse’s share in the evolving financial technology.
In a joint statement, congressmen Darren Soto, a democrat, and republican Ted Budd approvingly noted the potential of virtual currencies, and the technology that powers them, to facilitate economic growth as well as the need for security guarantees for users.
The lawmakers pointed out the need to “ensure that the United States is at the forefront of protecting consumers and the financial well-being of virtual currency investors, while also promoting an environment of innovation to maximize the potential of these technological advances.”
In terms of the two bills, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which regulates futures and option markets, as well as other financial regulators will make critical recommendations on fine-tuning the regulatory environment for consumers and businesses.
The congressmen observed that the bills are particularly important following concerns raised in the New York Attorney General’s recent report on cryptocurrency exchanges, showing how they are prone to the risk of manipulation. The Wall Street Journal also recently detailed potentially abusive software, whereby bots can manipulate the price of bitcoin.