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CFTC Files Enforcement Action Against Alleged FOREX, Crypto Fraud

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a civil enforcement action against Alejandro Tinoco, and his company, Kikit & Mess Investments, LLC. The CFTC alleges ongoing fraud in a FOREX, crypto scam. The  CFTC complaint alleges that from at least September 2020 to the… Read More

Tether Issues Statement on CFTC Settlement

As was reported earlier today, Tether – the leading dollar-based stablecoin (USDT), along with crypto exchange Bitfinex, were the targets of enforcement actions issued by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Both platforms are required to pay penalties with Tether paying $41 million and… Read More

CFTC Commissioner Stump Comments on Tether/Bitfinex Enforcement Action: Concerned About Regulatory Confusion on Stablecoins

At the same time the CFTC announced its enforcement actions against Bitfinex and Tether, Commissioner Dawn D. Stump has issued a statement regarding the action by the regulator. Commissioner Stump says she agrees with the action taken by the Commission while expressing her concern regarding… Read More

CFTC Files Charges Against Bevy of Crypto – Binary Option Platforms

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed charges against 14 entities for either failing to register as futures commission merchants (FCMs) or else making false and misleading claims of having CFTC registration and National Futures Association (NFA) membership. The CFTC is pursuing cease and… Read More

Kraken Hit by $1.25 Million Penalty Imposed by CFTC, Commissioner Stump Calls Decision “Uncharted Territory”

Kraken (Payward Ventures, Inc), a digital asset trading platform, has been hit by a $1.25 million penalty imposed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). According to a statement by the CFTC, Kraken offered illegal off-exchange trading in digital asetss and failed to register as… Read More

CFTC Posts 10 Points as to How They Regulate Digital Assets: Is it a Commodity or a Security?

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has created an infographic outlining how the agency regulates digital assets. The CFTC seeks to clarify “the fallacy of the question ‘Is it a commodity or a security’.” Posted by CFTC Commissioner Dawn D. Stump, the Commissioner says the… Read More

Bitmex Hit with $100 Milllion Penalty Pertaining to CFTC Action Claiming Illegal Crypto Trading, AML Violations and More

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), has announced a consent order against BitMEX and its affiliated entities. The order stems from a CFTC action filed on October 1, 2020, against BitMEX and its three individual founders, Arthur Hayes, Benjamin Delo, and Samuel Reed. The CFTC’s… Read More

Binance Being Investigated by CFTC for Possible Violation of US Rules: Report

Binance, the largest cryptocurrency trading platform in the world, has garnered the scrutiny of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), according to a report. Binance has emerged as a leading crypto trading platform and innovator in the digital asset sector. If you look at… Read More

Digital Asset Exchange Coinbase to Disable Margin Trading as Response to New CFTC Guidance

Paul Grewal, Chief Legal Officer at crypto exchange Coinbase, has confirmed that they’ve disabled margin trading on the platform. Grewal says that the move has come as a response to new guidance provided by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Grewal noted in a… Read More

LabCFTC Schedules Empower Innovation Event for October

Coinciding with DC Fintech Week (DCFW), LabCFTC, the innovation branch of the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), will host an event on October 21, 2020, entitled, “Empower Innovation 2020.” According to the CFTC, This is the second of three interactive virtual events hosted by… Read More

CFTC Action Will Have Big Impact on Crypto Exchanges: Attorney Warns Crypto Exchanges that Regulator is Not Afraid to Pursue Big Market Participants

Last week, BitMEX (Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange), a top crypto/crypto-derivatives exchange that is operated by HDR Global Trading Limited, a Republic of Seychelles incorporated entity, was hit with a civil enforcement action emanating from the Commodity Futures Trading Future Commission (CFTC). Simultaneously, a criminal lawsuit by… Read More

CFTC: Consent Order Seeks $7.4 Million Restitution from Pennsylvania Man Regarding Non Purchase of Bitcoin for Several Investors

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has entered a consent order against Jon Barry Thompson of Easton, Pennsylvania, imposing injunctive relief and restitution of approximately $7.4 million. In a parallel action, the… Read More

CFTC Charges Four Individuals with Fraud Pertaining to Digital Assets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed charges against four individuals pertaining to “fraudulently soliciting funds from customers to speculate in Bitcoin price movements.” Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the CFTC alleges that Texas residents Mayco Alexis Maldonado… Read More

LedgerX Approved to Clear Futures and Options

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has approved an Amended Order of Registration for LedgerX, LLC to clear additional products, subject to the terms and conditions specified in the order, as a derivatives clearing organization under the Commodity Exchange Act. LedgerX previously was approved to… Read More

SEC and CFTC Charge Abra for Sale of Unregistered Digital Asset Swaps to Retail Investors

In simultaneous announcements, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have charged Plutus Financial, Inc.,  doing business as Abra in California, and Plutus Technologies Philippines Corp. dba as Abra International in the Philippines for entering into illegal off-exchange swaps in… Read More

Digital Dollar Team: COVID-19 Socio-economic Crisis Is a “Call to Action” for Fintech to Address “Persistent Deficiencies” in Money Distribution

The developers of the Digital Dollar project have published a detailed whitepaper that outlines the steps required for the US to issue its own virtual currency. As confirmed in the paper, the Digital Dollar Project is being developed with the assistance of the Digital Dollar… Read More

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

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

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