May 29, 2024
DeFi Risks Highlighted in CFTC Report
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CFTC Releases Recommendations to Tackle Risks in DeFi Space

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), responsible for overseeing American derivatives markets, released a report presenting suggestions to address risks linked with decentralized finance (DeFi). The report from the CFTC’s Digital Assets and Blockchain Technology Subcommittee recognizes the potential of DeFi while warning about its intricate risks to the U.S. financial system, consumers, and national security.

Outlined within the report are strategies to minimize DeFi risks, encompassing the need to enhance technical expertise in DeFi, analyze the current regulatory boundaries, identify vulnerabilities, and assess potential policy actions. It emphasizes the necessity for policymakers to pinpoint suitable regulatory targets and approaches. Moreover, the CFTC advises evaluating interventions based on their potential costs and unintended consequences to strike a balance between benefits and drawbacks.

Simultaneously, the regulatory body stresses the importance of fostering collaboration among DeFi developers, regulatory bodies, and global standard-setting entities. CFTC Commissioner Christy Goldsmith Romero urged a closer examination of digital asset-related matters, cautioning against potential adverse outcomes if overlooked:

“Since joining the CFTC, I’ve consistently emphasized the importance of investigating emerging issues tied to digital assets to avoid unintended harmful consequences.”

Romero hopes the report will initiate dialogue between policymakers and industry stakeholders, recognizing DeFi’s persistent association with risks related to illicit financial activities, cyber breaches, and theft.

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