Kraken CEO Powell Warns Of Crypto-Crackdown
Shain Vernier • 2 min read
In a statement from Monday’s U.S. overnight session, Kraken CEO Jesse Powell issued a few interesting comments regarding crypto regulation. As the world’s fourth-largest cryptocurrency exchange, Kraken has tremendous pull in the industry. And, according to Powell, a “crypto crackdown” may be just around the corner.
In recent weeks, top global financial regulators have been vocal on the need for added cryptocurrency regulation. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is not a big fan of cryptos, as is ECB President Christine Lagarde. Both Yellen and Lagarde have gone on record citing Bitcoin BTC as being a potential conduit for money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illegalities. In response to these opinions, Powell made a few noteworthy comments late Monday:
- Regarding a forthcoming crackdown: “I think there could be some crackdown.”
- On the U.S. government’s $3000 anti-money laundering proposal: “Something like that could really hurt crypto and kind of kill the original uses case, which was to just make financial services accessible to everyone.”
- On new regulation: “I hope that the U.S. and international regulators don’t take too much of a narrow view on this. Some other countries, China especially, are taking crypto very seriously and taking a long-term view.”
It’s no coincidence that the past week has been full of industry leaders commenting on crypto. The upcoming Coinbase IPO is sending shockwaves through the industry and has certainly grabbed the attention of competitors such as Kraken. If Coinbase strikes a massive valuation, Wall Street would be well-advised to prepare for an influx of cryptocurrency industry participants.
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Overview: For now, all eyes are on tomorrow’s Coinbase IPO. The entire crypto industry is eagerly awaiting the final valuation, which some estimate to be as high as $100 billion. If so, not even the negative comments from Kraken CEO Jesse Powell will hold down optimism. Ultimately, the Coinbase IPO is a history-making step in cryptos being accepted into the financial mainstream. If it is an undeniable success, it is likely the first of many crypto IPOs coming during the foreseeable future.