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Former CFTC Commissioner: Ether (ETH) Could Be Commodity and Security Both

Key Takeaways
  • Ether (ETH) could be both a commodity and a security
  • Conflicting statements from the CFTC and the SEC cause confusion
  • Clearer regulatory guidance is needed for cryptocurrencies like Ether
24-May-2023 By: Simran Mishra
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Former CFTC Commissioner Highlights Dual Classification of Ethereum's Ether (ETH) as Commodity and Security, Raises Regulatory Concerns

Former CFTC commissioner Dan Berkovitz has stated that Ethereum's cryptocurrency, Ether (ETH), could potentially be considered both a commodity and a security. This means it could fall under the jurisdiction of both the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The confusion arises from conflicting statements by these regulatory bodies, as the CFTC has referred to Ether as a commodity, while the SEC has not provided a clear categorization.

Berkovitz explained that the legal definitions of commodities and securities overlap, allowing an asset to be classified as both. Commodities are not limited to physical items like wheat or oats but can include assets covered by futures contracts, which is why the CFTC regulates them. Securities, on the other hand, fall under the Securities Act and the Exchange Act and can also be subject to futures contracts, bringing them within the scope of the CFTC.

This dual classification of Ether as a commodity and a security may seem contradictory, but Berkovitz argues that the law permits such a scenario. Consequently, if Ether meets the criteria for being a commodity according to the CFTC and also falls within the definition of a security according to the SEC, both regulatory bodies could claim jurisdiction over it.

Collin Lloyd, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, a multinational law firm, criticized the SEC's position that almost all cryptocurrencies, except Bitcoin, should be considered securities. He believes the focus should be on whether a digital asset is being sold as part of a securities transaction, rather than automatically classifying it as a security based solely on its digital nature.

The lack of clarity regarding the legal status of Ether underscores the need for clear regulatory guidance in the cryptocurrency space. Varying interpretations by regulatory agencies create uncertainty for market participants and stakeholders. Resolving these issues is vital to establish a transparent and well-regulated environment for cryptocurrencies. 

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