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Crypto360 Spotlight – FATF DeFi & NFT Crypto Report

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recently released guidance on crypto, DeFi and NFTs, so we wanted to weigh-in on the conversation.

The article below released by CoinTelegraph in December provides a good overview, outlining some of the key areas of the FATF’s focus, and the article also highlights the authors’ perspective on the “winners and losers” of the FATF guidance.

However, we strongly disagree with the characterization that “DeFi loses” as a result of the FATF announcement. Our opinion is that these steps are significantly positive for the DeFi sector, the NFT sector, and for the overall crypto industry. Regulation is the natural progression of the maturation process of financial markets, and a moderate approach to regulation lays the foundation of further institutionalization of the crypto asset class. Without some level of regulatory intervention, the markets cannot realize their full potential or complete mass adoption.

Industry practitioners and regulators have long debated the topic of money laundering as it pertains to the crypto industry.  Given the inherent nature of blockchain technology, the fabric of the technology allows for tracking and tracing of financial transactions and the instruments themselves.  Cryptocurrency and other digital assets are paving the way for more comprehensive financial transparency, and as modest regulatory frameworks are outlined, we believe the crypto ecosystem will continue to grow and evolve, especially key sectors such as DeFi, NFTs and other asset backed tokenization issuances.

We hope you enjoyed our Crypto360 Spotlight on the most recent FATF DeFi & NFT sectors. We issue interesting commentary on various crypto industry events, announcements and happenings.  As a key institutional crypto industry player, we have a unique perspective and insight into the crypto ecosystem.  If you’d like to continue receiving our commentary which will be released monthly or weekly at times, please feel free opt in for our newsletter.

John McCorvey, CEO – Stonegate Global

 

 


Coin Desk LogoFATF guidance on virtual assets: NFTs win, DeFi loses, rest remains unchanged*

 

* The CoinTelegraph article referenced in the Stonegate commentary above was co-authored by Jorge Pesok and John Bugnacki. The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in the CoinTelegraph article are the authors’ alone and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions of CoinTelegraph or Stonegate Global. This article is for general information purposes and is not intended to be and should not be taken as legal advice.

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