Tagged: commodity futures trading commission

CFTC Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo: “We are falling behind”

Yesterday, J. Christopher Giancarlo, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), spent some time on Capitol Hill testifying in front of the House Committee on Agriculture. While Giancarlo’s prepared remarks, and ensuing comments driven by questions from the Committee, covered a wide range of… Read More

CFTC Warns on Crypto Again, Issues Consumer Advisory When Buying Tokens

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued their fourth warning on consumers purchasing cryptocurrency. The “Customer Advisory told investors to use caution and to extensive research prior to purchasing virtual coins or tokens – including “self described utility coins or consumption coins.” Erica Elliott… Read More

CFTC Subpoenas Four Crypto Exchanges in Bitcoin Market Manipulation Probe, Cryptocurrencies in the Red

As part of a probe examining possible manipulation in Bitcoin markets, the regulator responsible for overseeing futures and commodity trading in the US has subpoenaed four American cryptocurrency exchanges to produce volumes of trade data, WSJ reported Friday June 8th. Top cryptocurrencies have since turned red as this… Read More

SEC Chair Jay Clayton & CFTC Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo to Testify Before Senate Committee On Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Requests

CFTC Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo and SEC Chair Jay Clayton will be visiting Capitol Hill together once again to testify before a Senate Subcommittee. This time, Clayton and Giancarlo will be testifying before the Senate Committee On Appropriations Subcommittee on Budget Requests, tomorrow (June 5, 2018)… Read More

AML and Sanctions Compliance Issues Facing Cryptocurrency Companies

Over the past few years, continued advancements in the payments industry and financial services technology have significantly expanded the way money financial transactions are processed and managed.  Banks and payment and technology firms are accelerating efforts to innovate and adapt financial services alternatives to meet… Read More

CFTC Chair Giancarlo Applauds Operation Cryptosweep. Says “Virtual Currencies and Other Exponential Digital Technologies are Taking Us into a New Era”

On the same day the North American Securities Administrators Assocation (NASAA) announced “Operation Cryptosweep” – a coordinated enforcement action targeting fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo delivered a speech to NASAA members. Within his prepared remarks, Giancarlo stated;… Read More

CFTC Issues Advisory with Regards to “Virtual Currency Derivative Product Listings”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued an Advisory pertaining to “virtual currencies” and “derivative product listings.” The CFTC staff states: “Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) staff believes it is important to encourage innovation and growth in these products, but within an… Read More

CFTC Argues in Court It Can Regulate Fraudulent ICOs as Commodities

Last Friday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission argued in a Boston courtroom that cryptocurrencies are tradable commodities that can be regulated under CFTC purview. The argument comes after lawyers for Randall Crater and Mark Gillespie of My Big Coin Inc. attempted to have fraud charges… Read More

CFTC Chair Giancarlo Joins Chorus of Positive Comments on SEC Commissioner Peirce’s Speech on Cryptocurrency Innovation

Last week, SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce delivered a powerful speech that shared her views on the mission of regulators broadly, and cryptocurrency innovation specifically. The speech has been widely lauded in the crypto space as it has been viewed as supportive of the potential for… Read More

CFTC Chair Giancarlo Calls for Cross Border Regulatory Cooperation, Revisits Regulatory Reform 2.0 White Paper that Advocates Blockchain Utilization

Speaking in Berlin this week, Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair J. Christoper Giancarlo addressed the Association of German Banks. His theme was the pressing need for regulatory harmonization. Today, across developed markets, varying financial regulations adds a significant cost to the financial services industry. Same… Read More

CFTC Speech by Commissioner Quintenz Appears to Embrace Concept of Unregulated Utility Token

In a speech delivered this week at the Eurofi Summit, Commissioner Brian Quintenz, of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), addressed the topic of cryptocurrencies and digital tokens. Specifically, Quintez posed the question as to what should the proper role of a regulator be in… Read More

My Big Coin Tells Court Tokens aren’t Regulated by CFTC Because they are Not Commodities

My Big Coin (MBC) was hit with an enforcement action by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) back in January of this year. The CFTC alleged, among other things, that MBC’s initial coin offering represented to investors as being actively traded on cryptocurrency exchanges when in fact… Read More

Here is the CFTC Document Outlining the Whistleblower Plan for ICO Pump & Dump Scams

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has a Whistleblower program in place regarding pump and dump schemes for virtual currencies and digital tokens. Virtual currencies would line up with Bitcoin, Ethereum etc. while digital tokens are from the thousands of initial coin offerings that blur… Read More

Here is the CFTC Memo that Says it is OK for Staff to Own Bitcoin & Other Cryptocurrency – but be Careful

Last month, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) posted a memo to all staff providing guidance regarding holding and transactions using cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. In brief, the memo from Daniel Davis, General Counsel of the CFTC, said it was ok to invest in crypto –… Read More

Understanding the CFTC’s Proposed Interpretation of “Actual Delivery” for Cryptocurrency Retail Commodity Transactions

The recent and rapid proliferation of cryptocurrency¹ transactions involving retail or “Main Street” customers has left some — including many cryptocurrency platforms serving retail customers — grappling conceptually with the answer to a fundamental question: what constitutes “actual delivery” of cryptocurrency in the eyes of the… Read More

US CFTC Furthers its Innovation Credibility by Signing Agreement with UK FCA to Boost Fintech Development

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) have signed a formal agreement that commits the two regulatory agencies to work together to support Fintech. This is the first such agreement for the CFTC and just one of many… Read More

Cryptocurrency Market Structure: Crypto-Assets Represent a Truly Global Asset Class

Last week on Valentines Day, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held a meeting of the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC). There were several interesting presentations and good discussions regarding the emerging cryptocurrency market. One of the discussions was by Richard Gorelick, Head of Market Structure… Read More

Pump & Dump Digital Currency: Commodity Futures Trading Commission Warns Investors to Watch Out for These Scams

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has issued a warning to consumers to beware of pump and dump scams that have become somewhat prevalent in initial coin offerings and digital currencies in general. The CFTC says it has received complaints from customers who have lost… Read More

CFTC Technology Advisory Committee Meets Today, Topics Include Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & More

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will hold a meeting of the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) today at the CFTC’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public but you have the option to dial in or live-stream the meeting on the CFTC… Read More

A Tale of Two Cities: SEC & CFTC Heads Testify Before the Senate Banking Committee

Truly, it was a tale of two cities. On February 6, 2018, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee held a hearing on the oversight role of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in respect of virtual currencies like Bitcoin… Read More