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CFTC Committee Recommends Enhanced Understanding and Regulation of DeFi

Fredrik Vold
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CFTC Committee Recommends Enhanced Understanding and Regulation of DeFi
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The Technology Advisory Committee of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has taken a significant step in addressing the challenges posed by decentralized finance (DeFi) by voting to submit a report urging the government and industry to prioritize understanding and regulating the sector.

The report, believed to be the first substantial analysis of DeFi by a government advisory committee, outlines key recommendations for policymakers.

Among the suggestions is a call for increased knowledge about DeFi, emphasizing the need for a nuanced understanding of decentralized financial systems. The report also advocates for the enhancement of enforcement effectiveness to ensure timely regulatory responses.

CFTC effort to inform ongoing debates in the US

In a statement published on the CFTC’s website, CFTC Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero said the report is a result of “hard work” to study DeFi and that it is intended to “inform ongoing policy debates in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, and regulators including the CFTC.”

The recommendations include a call to assess existing federal and state regulatory frameworks related to DeFi and identify areas where regulations need to be expanded to address emerging risks.

The report represents a significant departure from traditional regulatory approaches, signaling a recognition of the unique challenges presented by decentralized financial systems.

‘Groundbreaking effort’ in understanding DeFi

Justin Slaughter, Policy Director at crypto firm Paradigm and a member of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee, noted that the report is a groundbreaking effort in surveying both the opportunities and risks associated with DeFi.

In a post on social media platform X, Slaughter called it “arguably the most comprehensive review of DeFi by any U.S government agency thus far.”

He added that the report represents a “major step forward for policymaking on DeFi,” and said policymakers can consider it as a “first cut at a map as they navigate policymaking for DeFi.”