• The CFTC levied $205 million in fines. And focused on cryptocurrency. Not sayin' they're related, but... (Marco Verch via Flikr, CC BY 2.0).
    Regulation

    CFTC recoups $1.3 billion, calls crypto policing major goal

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Enforcement Division assessed $205 million in fines, covering 80% of the agency’s FY 2019 budget as it focused on cryptocurrency.

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Enforcement Division paid for itself four times over in fiscal year 2019. In fact, the $205 million in fines it assessed covered 80% of the agency’s $249 million total budget. The division also said policing digital assets had become one of its main goals. While it didn’t break down how much of that came from cryptocurrency and digital assets cases...

  • Heath Tarbert, Chairman of the CFTC. (via Harvard)
    Ethereum,  Politics

    Opinion | Congress must act now on cryptocurrency regulation

    The election hype will soon doom any hope of a clear legal framework being in place by 2020.

    Members of Congress love to drag the CEOs of large companies into hearings to show off in front of their constituents. The best recent example is the grilling of Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg over the company's Libra cryptocurrency project. Now, this over-the-top political production is threatening to spoil a good opportunity to provide the regulatory clarity so desperately needed by the cryptocurrency industry...

  • Cryptocurrencies,  Europe,  Libra,  Regulation,  United States

    Overwrought vs. overhyped: From France and America, dueling views of digital currencies

    Whether issued privately by Facebook’s or publicly by a central bank, digital currencies bring strong opinions and flights of rhetoric

    Flights of rhetoric surrounding Facebook’s Libra stablecoin and other digital currencies has reached impressive heights at times. But former U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo took it beyond the stratosphere in an October 15 editorial, comparing the launch of an American central bank-backed digital currency to the Apollo 11 mission.

  • The "Circle Society" looked more like a pyramid, according to the CFTC (via Pixabay).
    Bitcoin

    Bitcoin Ponzi scheme netted $11 million

    In condemning the fraud, CFTC Chair Heath Tarbert said digital assets ‘hold great promise for our economy’

    In condemning the fraud, CFTC Chair Heath Tarbert said digital assets ‘hold great promise for our economy’