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Legendary investor Warren Buffet famously said, “only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked.” In the past year, following the Crypto Winter, there has been an explosion of activity by United States regulators and enforcers. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in particular has made clear that it thinks everyone in the crypto pool is swimming without their trunks. Ironically, while the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have brought a great deal of enforcement actions, they also have loudly disagreed with each other over who has jurisdiction, i.e., which digital assets are securities and which are commodities. Crypto companies, for their part, have complained that it is not clear what digital assets, if any, are securities, and that they have not been given clear regulatory rules of the road.
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