In a recent speech at the DC Fintech Week conference, Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse addressed the company’s regulatory hurdles. He expressed his views on the cryptocurrency landscape in the United States.
According to a Fortune Magazine report, Garlinghouse acknowledged during his speech that despite Ripple’s success in court against the SEC, some US banks must be more cautious about engaging meaningfully with cryptocurrencies.
Garlinghouse attributed this reluctance to the perception that the US government and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) are “hostile to the crypto industry.”
While Ripple’s court victory in July was seen as a positive development, Garlinghouse believes that the SEC’s overall approach, coupled with Chairman Gary Gensler’s characterization of crypto as the “Wild West,” is hindering the industry’s growth in the US.
Garlinghouse emphasized that while the US has hostility towards crypto, other countries actively welcome crypto companies and investments by providing clear regulatory policies.
As a result, the US risks losing its market share and failing to capitalize on its early advantage in the crypto space. Garlinghouse expressed his belief that the US can still become a leader in the industry but highlighted the urgency for clear and constructive regulatory frameworks to be established.
Given the challenges faced in the US, Garlinghouse announced that Ripple would continue to expand its operations in other countries. He revealed that 80% of Ripple’s hiring in the current year will be conducted outside of the US, reflecting the company’s need to operate in more favorable regulatory environments.
Garlinghouse emphasized the importance of creating a hospitable environment for innovation and growth, suggesting that the current hostility in the US hinders Ripple’s ability to operate effectively within the country.
During the conference, Garlinghouse expressed his willingness to escalate Ripple’s legal battle with the SEC to the Supreme Court.
Garlinghouse stated that Ripple is prepared to pursue legal avenues until a resolution is reached. This firm stance underscores Ripple’s commitment to addressing regulatory uncertainties surrounding XRP.
Brad Garlinghouse’s remarks at the DC Fintech Week conference shed light on the ongoing regulatory challenges faced by Ripple and the wider cryptocurrency industry in the United States.
Despite recent court victories, Ripple encounters obstacles due to perceived hostility and a lack of clear policy guidance. Garlinghouse’s readiness to escalate the legal battle to the Supreme Court demonstrates Ripple’s determination to seek a resolution and establish a constructive regulatory framework.
As Ripple expands its operations globally, the hope remains that the US will adopt more welcoming and supportive regulations to foster innovation and maintain its competitive edge in the evolving cryptocurrency landscape.
As of the current market update, XRP is trading at $0.6902, indicating sideways price movement over the past 24 hours. However, in the fourteen-day timeframe, the token has experienced a notable gain of 13%.
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