Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

SEC Commissioner: We need disclosure rules for token offerings

Photo of Fortune's Jeff Roberts and SEC Commission Hester Peirce.
Fortune's Jeff Roberts (L) and SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce (R). Photo: Stuart Isett/FORTUNE Brainstorm Tech

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce advocated for a safe harbor approach to cryptocurrencies and digital tokens, while speaking on Tuesday at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. Such a move would effectively permit offerings so long as issuers complied with set disclosure requirements.

Why it matters: The crypto industry has long struggled with a lack of regulatory clarity, often taking guesses as to how it can apply current laws. Thus far, the SEC has mostly expressed its views via one-off enforcement actions.

Elizabeth Warren wants a climate-friendly SEC

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at a speaking event
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2020 Democratic contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren is reviving her push to require detailed disclosures from publicly traded companies about climate change.

Why it matters: It's part of the push by Warren, one of the top-tier Democratic candidates, for much stronger financial regulation to reshape markets in a way that she says would provide greater public benefit.