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Commissioner Brian Quintenz, Sponsor of CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee, to Depart at End of Term

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that Commissioner Brian Quintenz will depart the agency at the end of his term. Quintenz will have completed a 5-year stint at the Commission. Quintenz issued a statement on his decision to exit the CFTC stating that… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Bitnomial Receives Approval to Offer Bitcoin (BTC) Futures and Options Contracts

Digital asset exchange Bitnomial has been approved to offer Bitcoin (BTC) futures and options contracts. Established in 2015, Bitnomial acquired $7.5 million in capital through an equity raise that was finalized in December of last year. On April 20, 2020, the exchange operator confirmed that… Read More

Fintech Investment Group and Compcoin are Targets of CFTC Enforcement Action for Alleged Digital Asset Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed fraud charges against Alan Friedland and his companies, Fintech Investment Group, Inc. and Compcoin LLC. The CFTC claims that Friedland and his Florida based firms fraudulently solicited over $1.6 million in connection with a leveraged or margined… Read More

CFTC Announces Final Guidance on Delivery of Digital Assets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has “unanimously” approved final interpretive guidance concerning retail commodity transactions involving certain digital assets. Specifically, the guidance clarifies the CFTC’s views regarding the “actual delivery” exception to Section 2(c)(2)(D) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) in the context of… Read More

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Posts Coronavirus Info Page

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has posted a page dedicated to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, outlining actions the Commission has taken to mitigate the pandemic driven shock. The “dedicated website” highlights a slew of temporary relief letters the CFTC has published during this challenging… Read More

CFTC Designates Small Exchange as a Contract Market

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an Order of Designation to Small Exchange, Inc., located in Chicago, Ill., granting it status as a designated contract market (DCM), effective today. Small Exchange is incorporated under Delaware state law. The Small Exchange seeks to make… Read More

CBDC: Former CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo Says US Fed Must Issue a Digital Currency

Christopher Giancarlo, former chairman at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), recently stated that it may be time for the US Federal Reserve to introduce a digital currency. Giancarlo, whose comments came during Yahoo Finance’s On the Move show on February 21, said that… Read More

Breonna Clark Charged by CFTC for Alleged Fraud Regarding Digital Assets including $400,000 for Personal Expenses and Ponzi-type payments

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado against Breonna Clark, of Denver, Colorado, and Venture Capital Investments Ltd., a Colorado limited liability company, charging them with fraud and failing to… Read More

Social Media Firms that Support Cryptocurrencies Must Look Out for Illicit Financial Activities, Says FinCEN Deputy Director

Jamal El-Hindi, deputy director at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the US Treasury Department that analyzes information about financial transactions in order to prevent illicit activities, is calling on firms interested in bridging the cryptocurrency space with social media networks and… Read More

CFTC Joins SEC in Enforcement Action Targeting Michael Ackerman and Charges of Fraud Regarding Digital Assets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against defendants Q3 Holdings, LLC and Q3 I, LP and their principal, Michael Ackerman. As was previously reported, the Securities and… Read More

CFTC: Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight Director Joshua B. Sterling: We Support “Responsible” Innovation in Digital Asset Products, and Pooled Investment Vehicles

Joshua B. Sterling, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (Division), or DSIO, confirmed on February 10, 2020, that it recognizes that the US Commodities and Futures Commission (CFTC)-licensed companies are “often at the forefront in… Read More

CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert Wants US to Take the Lead in Adopting Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Dr. Heath P. Tarbert, chairman and chief executive at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), recently stated that he would like to see the United States lead the charge when it comes to adopting digital currencies and blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT). During… Read More

CFTC Chair: “If I Hear Anything…It’s That We Really Need Clarity” on Cryptocurrency Regulations

The new chair of the Commodity Futures and Trading Commission (CFTC) has told Chedder Media that his agency is continuing to work closely with the SEC to establish definitions and jurisdiction when it comes to cryptocurrencies- though these have not yet been set. Since he… Read More

US-based Digital Asset Brokerage Firm BitOoda Acquires $7 Million via Seed Round Including Contributions from Former JPMorgan Exec

US-headquartered digital asset brokerage firm BitOoda has acquired $7 million in capital from several large investors including a former senior investment executive at JPMorgan, the world’s sixth-largest bank. Established in 2017, BitOoda is an established crypto-asset financial services provider that aims to leverage applied science… Read More

CFTC Report Indicates Slight Uptick in the Number of Enforcements This Year

The Enforcement Division at the American Commodities Futures Trading Commission, tasked with enforcing rules governing commodities markets in the US, has released its annual report. The CFTC defines Bitcoin and Ethereum as commodities and oversees the trading of futures derivatives of these in the US…. Read More

Making the Rounds: CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert Continues to Talk Up Digital Assets and Need for US to Remain Competitive

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Heath Tarbert has been making the rounds on various media to advocate on behalf of digital assets, Fintech, and the need for the US to remain competitive in a global Fintech market. Tarbert visited with CNBC this week, as… Read More

CFTC Chairman Tarbert Calls for More Principles Based Regulation for Fintech, Not More Rules

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Heath Tarbert published an Op-Ed today which appeared in Fortune as well as the CFTC website. Tarbert called for a more principles-based approach regarding Fintech innovation – not more rules. Tarbert said that a principles-based approach can provide the… Read More

Federal Court Order Regarding Crypto ATM Coin Ends Up with Defendants Hit with $4.25 Million Penalty for Fraud & Misappropriation

An ongoing enforcement action brought by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) pertaining to a cryptocurrency called ATM Coin has been resolved with a federal court ordering defendants to pay over $4.25 million in penalties. The US District Court of Eastern District of New York… Read More

SEC and CFTC Charge Swiss-Based First Global Credit for Selling Unregistered Swaps for Bitcoins; Website Domain Seized by FBI

A Switzerland-based securities dealer called XBT Corp/First Global Credit has been charged and fined by the American SEC and CFTC for, “selling unregistered security-based swaps to U.S. investors using bitcoins and for failing to transact its swaps on a registered national exchange.” The company’s website has… Read More

Bakkt to Offer Bitcoin Options Beginning in December

Announced during the CFTC Fintech Forward 2019 today, digital asset exchange Bakkt will start offering Bitcoin options beginning this December. Kelly Loeffler,  Chief Executive Officer of Bakkt, revealed the news during a panel discussion on “Re-imagining Markets: What Digitization Means … for Transactions, Custody, and… Read More

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