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    The same people who regulate bitcoin futures trading can now trade bitcoin

    The CFTC says its employees are allowed to own cryptocurrencies

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a formal decision this week that its employees are allowed to trade cryptocurrencies. Bloomberg reports that decision  resulted from numerous inquiries from CFTC personnel asking whether or not they were allowed to own such digital assets. The answer was yes: the government employees who regulate bitcoin futures are also allowed to own bitcoin. This green light sees the CFTC joining the SEC as a crypto-friendly financial regulator, but just because two of the big dogs do it doesn’t mean everyone thinks it’s O.K. The critique—and there is always critique—is that allowing the individuals who make up these regulatory agencies to hold cryptocurrency…