The United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) chairman Christopher Giancarlo said that the “explosion in interest” in cryptocurrencies will likely lead to new applications for clearinghouses. Giancarlo delivered his comments in a speech published on May 1.
“The Commission anticipates new applications for clearinghouse registration resulting from the explosion of interest in cryptocurrencies; an area in which protection of the cryptocurrencies will be one of the highest risks.”
A clearinghouse is a financial institution that operates as an intermediary between two entities in a financial transaction, ensuring that the entire process goes smoothly, with the buyer and seller follow their contract obligations. Giancarlo also stated that the agency is set to conduct increased examinations of clearinghouses to better identify issues that may affect their ability to control associated risks.
Addressing the monitoring and regulation of technological developments, including blockchain and digital currencies, Giancarlo also said that the agency follows four cornerstones. Those include the adoption of “exponential growth mindset,” becoming a “quantitative regulator,” embracing “market-based solutions,” and establishing an internal Fintech Stakeholder to address related opportunities and challenges.