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The Coinbase Case and SEC Battle

Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, is currently at odds with regulatory bodies after the SEC sued his company. The SEC believes Coinbase broke the law by listing tokens they argue are subject to securities laws. These allegations are being challenged by Armstrong who believes the issue isn’t about the facts but the interpretation of the law.

Regulatory Disagreements

In 2021, Coinbase intended to become a public company. The SEC approved their application at that time even though all details of their business and assets were disclosed. However, a year later the SEC began opposing the company’s operations, suggesting every asset but Bitcoin might be a security. Coinbase, seeking a working relationship with the regulators, requested clarity but failed to receive any. This, however, doesn’t negate the fact that they might have broken the laws if their assets are indeed deemed securities by the court.

Expected Outcome For Coinbase Case

Coinbase is not looking to dispute what they do. Their goal is to get clarity for the industry. They have petition-led and met with the SEC numerous times, seeking to understand and abide by the regulations. However, the SEC has not responded with clear guidance, which is leading to the current court situation.

The Securities and Commodities Debate

There is a point of contention about what makes a commodity or a security. Assets like Bitcoin are seen as commodities, while the SEC has argued that the tokens Coinbase trades are closer to company stocks or securities. In response, Armstrong argues that due to their decentralization, many crypto assets do not fall under the SEC’s jurisdiction.

Dispute Over Legal Guidelines

The Howie Test, which defines a security, is considered the starting point for legal interpretation of the matter. The test distinguishes securities by several criteria, including an expectation of profit based on the efforts of others. However, this test, created in 1946, may not sufficiently address the complexities of the modern cryptocurrency landscape.

Coinbase believes the debate on whether an asset is a commodity or a security needs to be brought to Congress for legislation or the courts for case law. The company has applauded drafts for crypto legislation introduced in Congress and believes it’s crucial the U.S. doesn’t fall behind in the crypto industry.

Compliance with Regulations

Coinbase asserts they’ve followed a rigorous analysis before listing any assets. They’ve looked at thousands of tokens and listed 250, out of which 13 have been targeted by the SEC. They argue they’ve rejected questionable assets and have a valid defence for the listed ones.

The Possible Implications

The implications of the case could have a wide-ranging impact. If regulation becomes too stringent and only Bitcoin and Ethereum are considered commodities, it could affect the viability of companies like Coinbase. However, Armstrong is confident they can still thrive even in an extreme scenario like this and believes more legislative clarity is forthcoming.


In the changing landscape of cryptocurrencies, getting clear guidelines is crucial for companies like Coinbase. As they navigate through the legal hurdles and securities-commodities debate, it’s clear the case could have signficant implications for the crypto industry. Whether it’s through the courts, Congress, or future administrations, the resolution of this matter will set the course for future regulatory dealings in the crypto space.

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  2. For the CEO to slaim he isn't precisely sure if what he brokers, deeals and exchanges is a commodity or a security is laughable. "I'm not a lawyer" he quips. BUT THAT IS THE CRUX OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN COINBASE AND THE SEC. CEO glibly states, what we deal in are 'crypto commodities" but then abstains by stating "I'm not an expert on the distinction between a commodity and a security" Lame to the point of Laughable.

  3. The crypto market has been unfavorable for months and I keep losing my money selling-off during dips, I'm very scared of holding right know-how do you guys still make so much..

  4. 0:00: 🔒 Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong discusses the SEC lawsuit and the lack of clarity in cryptocurrency regulations.

    3:51: 💼 Coinbase is in a dispute with the SEC over whether the assets they trade are considered securities.

    7:34: 💼 Regulatory clarity is needed for crypto assets in the US, either through legislation or case law.

    11:24: 📚 The company is seeking clarity from the court on whether their listed assets are commodities or securities.

    15:46: 🔍 Coinbase CEO defends listing decisions and argues for more regulatory clarity in the crypto space.

    19:12: 💼 Coinbase believes there should be standardized disclosure for crypto securities and commodities, and they aim to be regulated by both the CFTC and the SEC.

    22:49: 🔍 Coinbase CEO discusses the company's future and its case with the SEC.

    Recap by Tammy AI

  5. It's obvious, the SEC is being weaponized against crypto industry. Crooks in the government is trying to do you harm probably because they didn't like the fact that all these projects are threatening the existing banking establishment. Or, it might be something else that's being disrupted. Everything happen for a reason. It has nothing to do with what right or wrong, it's just people acting on their interest.

  6. Thanks for this, It's way to hard to find someone willing to just explain things. I'm going through this video little by little by it's nice to just have the basics explained finally!Investing in the financial market requires a lot of education and experience to take advantage of the rise and fall, going to mila quandez is the best at the moment.

  7. Coinbase isn’t paying anyone anything. The only cryptos that show movement aren’t even on the exchange. Only decentralized wallets. Coinbase is a scam for even putting it up on their top movers list. You can’t even invest inn anything with upward movement on the Coinbase exchange. It’s all for show and to make people think that the Coinbase exchange is paying out. It’s not. It only takes not gives. If it can’t take money by manipulation they will delist your crypto and freeze your account like they did with a certain stable coin last year. A stable coin at that!! They make sure they don’t can’t and won’t lose anything. Even if they have to lie cheat and steal

  8. The point here is SEC allowed coinbase to open company knowing fully well all the challenges this reporter is presenting…that to me is not in good faith and Gensler is a puppet for Black Rock or some other nefarious entity behind the scenes.

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