As FinTech continues to reimagine new business models for finance, a high-profile financial regulator believes it can also be used to enforce derivative laws more effectively.
J. Christopher Giancarlo, the chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), highlighted distributed ledger technology (DLT) and how it can automate regulations for derivative markets while speaking at the D.C. Fintech Week Conference at Georgetown University this Wednesday.
DLT-powered Quantitative Regulation, according to Giancarlo, could help regulators to oversee markets more efficiently while saving costs. Combined with machine learning algorithms, it can be employed to identify the segments of markets where high risks or unrecognized counterparty vulnerabilities are rising. Also, the CFTC chair noted that Quantitative Regulation could standardize and distribute critical information to market actors – including regulators.
“We can also envision the day where rulebooks are digitized, compliance is increasingly automated or built into business operations through smart contracts, and regulatory reporting is satisfied through real-time DLT networks,” Giancarlo explained. “The machines here at the CFTC would have the ability to communicate regulatory requirements and consume and analyze the data that comes in through such systems.”
The comment came at a time when financial regulators across the world are attempting to match up their regulatory pace with the velocity of FinTech innovations. As Giancarlo put, CFTC is looking into an active form of regulation, which can respond to real-time challenges posed by new technologies. He specifically mentioned decentralized markets and disintermediated traditional actors while referring to the said challenges.
Giancarlo confirmed that the CFTC has “the ability to keep pace with those who attempt to defraud, distort, or manipulate,” hinting it may have already started building systems that will automate derivate market regulations.