SEC Examination Office Gets Specific About Crypto Priorities in 2020

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations detailed its crypto priorities for 2020, highlighting employee supervision and transfer agents developing blockchain technology.

Jan 7, 2020 at 8:15 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 12:06 p.m. UTC

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will continue its evaluation of cryptocurrency-based securities for U.S. retail investors.

The SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published its list of 2020 examination priorities, highlighting digital assets and service providers as areas of concern. While OCIE has listed these items in previous annual priority lists, Tuesday's publication provided a glimpse at how the office's approach to crypto has evolved since 2018.

Whereas previous priority lists only briefly mentioned initial coin offerings and the risks digital assets might pose to retail investors, this year OCIE wants to address investment suitability, trading practices, fund safety, pricing and the effectiveness of compliance programs. The document also mentions staffers of crypto exchanges and funds and the "supervision" of their "outside business activities."

“The digital assets market has grown rapidly and presents various risks, including for retail investors who may not adequately understand the differences between these assets and more traditional products,” OCIE wrote.

OCIE will also examine transfer agents – entities which act as intermediaries in securities transactions – that are “developing blockchain technology” or are providing services to digital asset issuers, the document said.

Read the full document below:

The Festival for the Decentralized World
Thursday - Sunday, June 9-12, 2022
Austin, Texas
Save a Seat Now

DISCLOSURE

Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Trending

1
CoinDesk - Unknown
After the Terra Meltdown: What's Next for Stablecoins?

The largest token collapse in crypto history. So let Luna die.

The largest token collapse in crypto history. So let Luna die.

CoinDesk - Unknown
2
CoinDesk - Unknown
5 Key Takeaways From a16z's State of Crypto Report

The venture firm is extremely bullish on Web 3.

The venture firm is extremely bullish on Web 3.

CoinDesk - Unknown
3
CoinDesk - Unknown
Regulators Are Paying Attention to UST

The collapse of terraUSD (UST) is algorithmic stablecoins’ Libra moment.

The collapse of terraUSD (UST) is algorithmic stablecoins’ Libra moment.

CoinDesk - Unknown
4
CoinDesk - Unknown
San Francisco NFL Player Alex Barrett Taking His Salary in Bitcoin

The most valuable crypto stories for Thursday, May 20, 2022.

The most valuable crypto stories for Thursday, May 20, 2022.

CoinDesk - Unknown