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Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong says “the more regulation there is for crypto, the better it is for Coinbase.” He revealed an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), noting: “We do not yet know if this inquiry will become a formal investigation.”
The CEO of Coinbase Global (Nasdaq: COIN), Brian Armstrong, discussed his company’s performance and cryptocurrency regulation during Coinbase’s Q2 earnings call Tuesday.
Coinbase’s revenue declined almost 64% in the second quarter. The company reported a $1.1 billion net loss, compared with $1.59 billion in net income in the same quarter last year. “Q2 was a test of durability for crypto companies and a complex quarter overall,” Coinbase said in its latest letter to shareholders.
Regarding cryptocurrency regulation, Armstrong detailed: “We’ve been pleased to see the progress recently both in the U.S. and in countries around the world toward more clear legislation for crypto. In the U.S., there are several bills making their way through Congress with strong bipartisan support.”
He also mentioned President Joe Biden’s executive order on crypto, the EU’s Markets in Crypto-Assets (MiCA) regulation, and “positive developments” in Australia, the U.K., Hong Kong, Brazil, and other markets.
It’s sort of strange to say, but … in some ways, the more regulation there is for crypto, the better it is for Coinbase.
“We’re more than happy to engage with any regulators around the world who will take time to meet with us. We don’t see this as a bad thing. On the contrary, we believe it’s the best way to help the industry move forward,” he noted.
Addressing recent headlines that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may be investigating Coinbase over its cryptocurrency listings, Armstrong revealed that in May the SEC sent Coinbase a “voluntary request for information,” including details of its asset listings process. He emphasized:
We do not yet know if this inquiry will become a formal investigation.
Last month, the SEC charged a former Coinbase product manager in an insider trading case and stated that nine crypto tokens listed on Coinbase are securities. The Nasdaq-listed company has disputed any allegations that it lists crypto securities.
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