The SEC Declares War on Crypto


With the fresh round of allegations, The SEC is now behind stablecoins after failing to nail cryptos and crypto platforms. Paxos has been registered with the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) and has been minting BUSD in collaboration with Binance. The BUSD is a stablecoin backed by USD, unlike to other algorithmic stablecoins whose value is supported by another crypto asset. 

Despite this, the crackdown on Paxos appears to be predetermined with an intention to create FUD within the markets. The value of the BUSD debugged from $1 with a notable jump in the trading volume of more than 90%. Along with this, the value of BiananceCoin also dropped heavily below $300 with a huge jump in the trading volume of over 233%, dominated by bears. 

What went wrong? Why SEC stopped Paxos from issuing new BUSD?

It’s a known fact that the SEC is closely watching the crypto space and hunting for possible ways to corner the crypto platforms. It has been witnessed in the Ripple vs SEC lawsuit, wherein the authorities have failed to prove XRP as a security and now have labeled it as a software code. 

Therefore, it appears the next destination for the SEC is the stablecoins which are pegged to the USD. However, Paxos is believed to officially stop issuing dollar-pegged Binance tokens but may still allow redemptions of existing BUSD. Addressing the ongoing tussle, Binance CEO, CZ, in a series of tweets stated that BUSD is a stablecoin wholly owned and managed by Paxos. 

2/ We were informed by Paxos they have been directed to cease minting new BUSD by the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS).

Paxos is regulated by NYDFS.

BUSD is a stablecoin wholly owned and managed by Paxos.

— CZ ???? Binance (@cz_binance) February 13, 2023

The top crypto exchange, Binance, has encountered a similar situation with its so-called Indian counterpart ‘WazirX’. Binance distanced itself from WazirX as Indian regulators cracked down on crypto and now escaping away from Paxos. 

Collectively, the crypto markets are plunging down significantly, and with the fresh CPI rates which are believed to be rolled out soon, the markets could rise slightly. But eventually, the bears have gained strength and hence may hold a tight grip over the markets for some time ahead. 

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Qadir Ak is the founder of Coinpedia. He has over a decade of experience writing about technology and has been covering the blockchain and cryptocurrency space since 2010. He has also interviewed a few prominent experts within the cryptocurrency space.

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has declared war on Crypto. In a statement released earlier this month, the SEC announced that it is intensifying its efforts to crack down on “unlawful and fraudulent activities involving digital assets.”

The statement noted that the Commission’s Enforcement Division has already brought more than 50 crypto-related cases since the start of this year. The cases include allegations of Ponzi schemes, market manipulation, and fraud in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), among other issues.

The SEC remarked that it is significantly increasing its enforcement efforts against those individuals and entities that are engaged in activities that violate the law, such as “operating unregistered securities exchanges, selling unregistered securities, and providing unregistered investment advice.”

The statement warned that the Commission will seek sanctions against those who violate the federal securities laws, such as civil penalties, disgorgement of profits, and other sanctions.

The announcement has shocking implications for those who have been investing or trading in Cryptos, but it is unclear at the present time how the SEC plans to carry out its enforcement actions. The announcement has also sparked fears that this could be the beginning of a crackdown on cryptocurrencies.

The SEC is sending a clear signal that it is taking its enforcement role seriously. This could spell trouble for those who have engaged in illegal activities, as well as investors and traders who may have failed to properly comply with the federal securities regulations.

The cryptocurrency market is changing rapidly, and the SEC’s recent announcement has caused a significant shift in the regulatory landscape. It is an important reminder for those involved with Cryptos to ensure that they remain in compliance with all of the relevant federal securities regulations.

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