BREAKDOWN: The SEC Threatens to Sue Coinbase but Coinbase Is Fighting Back

According to the company, the SEC has threatened to sue over the not-yet-launched Coinbase Lend product.

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Today on “The Breakdown,” NLW briefly covers yesterday’s bitcoin price crash and why it was driven by market structure more than news. The main topic focuses on revelations from Coinbase that after months of engagement around its upcoming Lend product, the SEC is now threatening to sue. NLW examines the controversy from five dimensions:

  • The argument for and against lending as a security
  • The SEC’s pattern of regulation by litigation
  • How the SEC is rewarding bad actors by punishing compliance
  • The concerning surveillance implications of one of the SEC’s requests 
  • Why these strong-arm tactics are doomed 

Should Coinbase take the battle to court? 

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