Blockworks Features Braden Perry in Goldman Sachs Reportedly Exploring Ether Options Article

Blockworks Features Braden Perry in Goldman Sachs Reportedly Exploring Ether Options Article

Mathew McDermott, Goldman Sachs head of digital assets, told Bloomberg in a recent interview that the bank is preparing to launch an ether futures and options trading platform for clients in the near future. Reportedly, Goldman is planning on offering an exchange-traded notes tracking the price of bitcoin, including other digital assets derivatives products.

Kennyhertz Perry partner, and former CFTC enforcement attorney Braden Perry, comments on the issue of the CFTC’s laws and regulations which are constantly changing and might not be compatible in the era of digital assets.

“These regulations were drafted decades ago and are framed in the so-called ‘traditional’ investing community of high-priced brokers and sophisticated, wealthy investors,” he told Blockworks by email. “The last thing any industry wants is regulation by enforcement, where agencies decide that some practices should have been illegal, and instead of declaring it illegal from now on through rule-making, go back and prosecute the people who were doing it before.”

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