Sen. Warren goes after Ethereum network fees in committee hearing

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, understood by numerous as an outspoken cryptocurrency doubter in the United States federal government, slammed failures at exchanges and high deal fees throughout durations of cost volatility.

In a Tuesday hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs with Securities and Exchange Commission chair Gary Gensler, Warren declared the crypto market had actually failed on offering services for monetary addition in the United States. She discussed the cost drops amongst cryptocurrencies, consisting of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) recently, stating “$400 billion in market value disappeared” while numerous users reported issues accessing significant exchanges like Coinbase.

Warren hinted that investing in decentralized finance, or DeFi, jobs was “pretty risky” offered the truth numerous have actually not signed up with the SEC and aren’t always within its regulative umbrella. In addition, she highlighted a few of the high deal fees throughout durations of volatility — in this case, on Sept. 7, when the BTC cost fell from $52,920 to an intraday low of $42,843.

“The fee to swap between two crypto tokens on the Ethereum network was more than $500,” stated Warren, describing trading a theoretical token worth $100. “In the face of these high, unpredictable fees, small investors could easily get jammed and wiped out entirely.”

She included:

“Advocates say crypto markets are all about financial inclusion, but the people who are most economically vulnerable are the ones who are most likely to have to withdraw their money the fastest when the market drops […] high, unpredictable fees can make crypto trading really dangerous for people who aren’t rich.”

Gensler addressed several questions from U.S. lawmakers during the two-hour hearing regarding a policy framework on cryptocurrencies, requiring companies to disclose climate risks to investors, and other issues potentially affecting the SEC. In a prepared statement for his testimony released yesterday, he encouraged crypto projects to meet with SEC officials regarding securities the platforms may be offering in the form of digital assets.

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Senator Warren has often criticized cryptocurrencies as being tied to many illegal activities, including “unreliable tech,” frauds, and the market’s effect on environment modification. Last month, she proposed prohibiting U.S. banks from holding the reserves to back personal stablecoins.