It has been just revealed the fact that Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong said that the US is squandering its lead on the crypto markets.

Brian Armstrong addresses the US’s stance on crypto

According to Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, American lawmakers are missing out on valuable opportunities in the cryptocurrency industry due to their apprehension following FTX’s collapse last year.

Armstrong believes that the U.S. has experienced a decline in economic freedom rankings, as indicated by the annual report released by the conservative think tank based in Washington D.C., the Heritage Foundation.

The CEO argues that crypto is the best-suited technology to increase economic freedom across the world.

“The US is squandering an early lead, in part because SBF (Sam Bankman-Fried) embarrassed some politicians and regulators who now want to look tough on crypto.

Pretty much everyone else has moved on, though, and FTX is not really discussed in the UK, UAE, etc. The way to solve it is to just get sensible regs in place so consumers are protected and these issues will stop happening.”

As you probably know by now, Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX’s disgraced CEO, was a prolific political donor prior to the collapse of his crypto empire.

Coinbase in the news

The SEC accused Coinbase of selling unregistered securities due to the labeling of certain cryptocurrencies, including Cardano (ADA), Solana (SOL), and Polygon (MATIC), as securities.

Coinbase has recently submitted a motion to the Southern District of New York to dismiss a lawsuit. The company claims that the regulatory body does not have jurisdiction and argues that its transactions do not fall under the category of securities.

“Like all securities, an economic arrangement can qualify as an investment contract only if it involves an ongoing business enterprise whose management owes enforceable obligations to investors. Absent such obligations, the contract is just an asset sale.”

The notes continued and said the following:

“Because no such obligations are carried in the transactions over Coinbase’s secondary market exchange, and because the value that Coinbase purchasers receive through these transactions inheres in the things bought and traded rather than in the businesses that generated them, the transactions are not securities transactions.”

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