Tagged: commodity futures trading commission

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

ICO Industry Adjusts as SEC & CFTC Warn Both Issuers & Advisors Including Attorneys Engaged Token Offerings

  This past week both the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission came out with strong statements warning the exuberant initial coin offering industry (ICO) that regulators will no longer tolerate the flouting of existing securities law. ICOs have increased rapidly… Read More

CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo & SEC Chairman Jay Clayton Join in OpEd on Cryptocurrency & Regulatory Enforcement

In another obvious sign that the federal government is ramping up enforcement actions against initial coin offerings that do not file for an appropriate securities exemption or commit other illegal acts such as fraud, CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo and SEC Chairman Jay Clayton jointly published… Read More

CFTC Market Risk Advisory Committee Meets Next Week. Will the Committee Discuss Cryptocurrencies?

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has scheduled a meeting of the Market Risk Advisory Committee (MRAC) for January 31st. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the CFTC HQ in Washington, DC. If you are interested you can… Read More

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Creates Bitcoin Resource Page

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has created a “virtual currency resource page” addressing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as part of a dedicated section of the CFTC web site. The CFTC stated that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies have been determined to be commodities under the… Read More

ICOs are Securities: Token Based Offerings Poised for a Rude Awakening as US Regulators May Soon Act

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pumped their regulatory brakes on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) earlier this year. Pointing to the DAO debacle, the Feds said if a tokenized offering is a security it will be regulated, end of story. This  statement was a long… Read More

CFTC: “Virtual Currencies are Commodities”

Earlier this week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published a Primer on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. Buried with the document was an interesting statement. The CFTC said “virtual currencies are commodities.” The import of this statement means the CFTC is positioning itself as a… Read More

Commodity Futures Trading Commission Publishes Primer on Cryptocurrencies

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has published primer on cryptocurrencies. The document was produced by LabCFTC, the section of the CFTC launched to promote responsible Fintech innovation and fair competition. The publication comes at a time when digital currencies have become extremely popular, especially… Read More