New SEC guidance on accounting and disclosures rankles Commissioner Peirce By Cointelegraph


New SEC guidance on accounting and disclosures rankles Commissioner Peirce

United States companies that safeguard their clients’ crypto-assets received new accounting guidance Thursday in the form of a Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, Staff Accounting Bulletin. The guidance got a strong response from SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, a steadfast crypto advocate.

Staff Accounting Bulletin 121 noted the high technological, legal and regulatory risks associated with the custody of crypto-assets relative to traditional assets. Those risks impact the operations and financial condition of companies such as Coinbase (NASDAQ:), PayPal (NASDAQ:) and Robinhood (NASDAQ:), which safeguard users’ crypto-assets and allow the users to trade them on their platforms. For this reason, companies are advised to list their users’ assets on their books as liabilities as well as assets at their fair value at initial recognition.