CFTC: tokens to ‘transform’ into commodities

CFTC commissioner reports on the possibility of the tokens ‘transformation’ from securities into commodities
24 October 2017   1176

Brian Quintenz, a commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), claimed that tokens may “transform” from securities into commodities while speaking at the first annual FinTech Week. The man suggests that tokens can meet distinct regulatory classifications at different times. The assumption, actually, aligns with the policy view of industry experts like Coin Center.

Digital currencies "may actually transform at some point from something that starts off as a security and transforms into a commodity,” speculated Quintenz, as reported by politicopro.com.

That's going to be a very difficult but important conversation for us to have to give the market certainty, to allow for innovation to flourish and continue, but [it’s necessary] to make sure that we're being consistent in how we apply commodity law and protection of consumers across all products.
 

Brian Quintenz
CFTC commissioner

It is worth noting that eatlir this week, LabCFTC issued a primer on virtual currencies. Although this did not constitute official policy, the agency enumerated examples of permitted activities including those of LedgerX, TeraExchange, and NADEX. Thus, LabCFTC explicitly stated that prohibited activities include “a virtual currency futures or option contract or swap traded on a domestic platform or facility that has not registered with the CFTC as a SEF [swap execution facility] or DCM [designated contracts market]".

BMW, Intel to Join Forces With Singapore DLT Accelerator

Tribe Accelerator was launched in December 2018 and is supported by Singapore authorities
25 March 2019   79

A Singapore-sponsored blockchain accelerator Tribe has partnered with BMW Group Asia, Intel and Nielsen. It is reported by CoinDesk.

In the framework of cooperation, companies will share their experience with startups developing solutions in the field of DLT technologies.

Thus, the BMW Group Asia will hold a series of master classes on the use of the blockchain under conditions of widespread demand. Intel Corporation will advise start-ups in business and technology development, and Nielsen will provide a sandbox for testing new solutions.

The Tribe Accelerator was launched in December 2018 in collaboration with the South Korean ICON Foundation and the Singapore venture capital firm PwC. Among the projects implemented by the company is the blockchain solutions implementation in cooperation with ConsenSys.

In early March, the Argentine government announced plans to invest in blockchain startups in the early stages of development, which received support from the venture capital unit of Binance.