MILAN — The spread of cryptocurrencies without any clear regulation is a cause for concern and could damage the way the market operates, the head of Italy’s stock market regulator said on Monday.
Paolo Savona joined a host of institutional leaders who have clamoured for more regulation and said cryptocurrencies could facilitate illegal activity such as money laundering and even undermine central banks’ ability to conduct monetary policy.
“Without proper oversight there could be a worsening in market transparency, the basis of legality and rational choice for (market) operators,” the Consob chairman said as he presented the watchdog’s yearly report.
Europe and the United States are both working on regulating digital assets and their providers, as investors look for new ground rules.
Alongside the evolving regulatory framework, some countries, including China, Britain and Russia, are considering launching their own central bank digital currencies.
Savona said there were some 4,000-5,000 cryptocurrencies in circulation without any form of real regulation.