Coinbase Drops Planned ‘Lend’ Program After SEC Warning

The SEC said it would sue Coinbase should the exchange launch Lend.

Coinbase is no longer launching its crypto lending product, the company said Friday.

In September, the exchange’s CEO Brian Armstrong announced the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had told Coinbase that it would sue the exchange if it launched the product, dubbed “Lend.” Coinbase later quietly updated a June blog post to announce “we are not launching the USDC APY program announced.”

The lending product was supposed to power a crypto savings account that would earn customers a 4% annual percentage yield (APY), a return that’s multiples higher than most savings accounts at traditional banks.

The SEC said Lend would violate long-standing securities regulations, pointing to U.S. Supreme Court cases including Howey and Reves, Coinbase Chief Legal Officer Paul Grewal wrote in a blog post.

Coinbase’s decision also comes on the heels of state securities regulators issuing warnings to crypto lending platforms BlockFi and Celsius, claiming these companies’ products violate state securities laws.

A Coinbase spokesperson referred Reacon to the June blog post when reached for comment.

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