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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its 2024 examination priorities report last week, highlighting a continued focus on crypto and digital asset companies.
In the report, the SEC’s Division of Examinations said it is enhancing its capabilities to oversee crypto broker-dealers, investment advisers, and other registrants dealing in digital assets.
The division has established specialised units to address emerging technologies like crypto, AI, and cybersecurity. It plans to closely monitor how registrants navigate the risks associated with crypto custody, trading, advice, and the use of blockchain.
Firms offering automated trading tools, algorithms, robo-advising, and other fintech solutions will receive heightened scrutiny. The SEC will assess if these technologies are being applied responsibly and meeting standards of conduct for investor protection.
Retail investors and retirement accounts are of particular concern with new crypto offerings. Exams will focus on sales practices and whether investors understand the risks of complex digital asset products.