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韩国金监局新任局长:加密货币是金融资产

新任韩国金融监管局(FSS)局长近日表示,尽管加密货币波动性大,但仍将被视为金融资产。

加密货币将被视为金融资产

据《韩国时报》(Korea Times)报道,当被问及当局是否会放松对该国加密货币交易的监管时,新上任的韩国金融监管局(FSS)局长Yoon Suk-heun说:

政府应该搞清楚那些该管那些不该管。我们的计划一旦实施下去,加密货币市场就会稳定下来,因为加密货币将变得不那么投机。

值得注意的是,他还补充说,一旦当局就最佳监管方向达成共识,FSS将揭示加密货币监管新规。

令人好奇的是,这位被认为是金融市场稳健发展和监管明晰的改革者和支持者的前首尔国立大学客座教授补充说,尽管加密货币波动性大,但仍将被视为金融资产。Yoon Suk-heun说:

当你看到该市场的价格起起落落时,加密货币不是货币这一观点是可以理解的。但如果说加密货币不是金融资产,就很难获得认同。

韩国金融监管局与金融服务委员会应各司其职

今年1月份,韩国监管和指导FSS的监管机构——金融服务委员会(FSC)强制禁止匿名加密货币交易,要求加密货币交易所的实名账户应与相应的银行账户匹配。

该举措对当地的加密货币交易造成了严重的影响。据交易所Bithumb的一名工作人员透露,对于此项举措部分当地银行不愿意配合。

不过,Yoon Suk-heun呼吁对韩国金融监管局(FSS)赋予独立性,要求政府将FSS从FSC中分离出来,使其不受FSC或其他政府机构的影响。以允许在FSS进行独立检查工作的同时,FSC只应负责处理金融政策方面的工作。据悉,Yoon Suk-heun曾表示:

FSS在对金融机构进行检查和执行政策等有关事务时,应保持独立并不受外部影响。

Yoon Suk-heun还说道,虽然FSS将与FSC公开合作,但这两个政府机构的职责范围和日常工作事项明显不同。

The new head of Korea’s financial watchdog has doubled down on the anticipated effort of his agency considering a lenient approach to cryptocurrency trading.

Yoon Suk-heun, an academic and reformist who was – this week – appointed as the governor of Korea’s Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), has had more to say about his own stance on the government’s regulatory moves that have largely dented the domestic crypto trading industry.

After assuming his position as the top dog in Korea’s financial watchdog on Tuesday, the governor was asked to elaborate on the agency’s possible shift in stance to ease rules on cryptocurrency trading and domestic exchanges. “Regarding cryptocurrencies, there are some positive aspects,” Yoon said Monday before taking up the post, hinting at relaxing some regulatory demands on the sector.

As the Korea Times reports, the subject was revisited on Tuesday when the new FSS governor officially took the top seat. Asked if authorities would soften regulations, Yoon stated:

“The government should make it clear what needs to be regulated and what things need to be lifted. Once these plans are implemented, then the market will be stabilized as cryptocurrencies will become less speculative.”

Notably, the governor added the FSS would reveal updates on crypto regulations once authorities reach a consensus on the best way forward.

Curiously, Yoon – a former Seoul National University visiting professor who is commonly seen as a reformist and proponent of regulatory clarity for stable financial markets – added that cryptocurrencies, despite their volatility, are to be seen as financial assets.

He said:

“When you see ups and downs of the prices of cryptocurrencies, then it’s understandable that cryptocurrencies are not currencies, but it’s hard to agree with opinions that cryptocurrencies are not financial assets.”

The remarks follow the agency’s blanket ban on initial coin offerings (ICOs) domestically in September, a curb that remains in effect to this day. In January, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) – the regulator which oversees and directs the FSS – enforced a ban on anonymous cryptocurrency trading by mandating the use of real-name matching accounts at crypto exchanges and the corresponding bank providing services to them.

The move has had a significant crippling impact on trading, with local banks reluctant to invite crypto traders according to one official from Bithumb, a major Korean exchange.

Indeed, Yoon passionately called for the FSS to “have independence” to carry out its role in being a watchdog and supervising institutions away from the influence of the FSC or other government agencies. While assuming his position as governor, Yoon reportedly asked the government – repeatedly – to separate the FSS from the FSC to allow the FSS handle inspections while insisting the FSC should only be in charge of handling of financial policies.

In his speech after turning governor, Yoon reportedly said:

“The FSS should remain independent from external influence or forces in order to perform things related to the inspection of the affairs of financial institutions, inspections and policies. These are the given roles the FSS has to meet as the financial regulator.”

While stating that the FSS would ‘openly collaborate’ with the FSC, the two agencies have markedly different agendas and scopes, Yoon added.

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