CME’s Bitcoin Futures Hit New Records

Ever since the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) announced it was ending its bitcoin futures products back in March, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) has seen a huge influx of bitcoin derivatives volumes. During the second week of May, CME’s bitcoin futures touched a milestone when it surpassed 33,000 contracts ($1.3 billion notional value)…

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FT: US Regulator CFTC in Talks With Facebook Over Rumored Crypto Plans

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is in talks with Facebook about its upcoming stablecoin launch, the Financial Times (FT) reported on June 2. Citing chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, the publication revealed that Facebook is attempting to smooth out the regulatory landscape ahead of the asset, currently dubbed GlobalCoin, allegedly going live…

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Hodler’s Digest, May 13–19: Top Stories, Price Movements, Quotes and FUD of the Week

Top Stories This Week Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Bitstamp Starts Investigation After Large BTC Sell Leads to…

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CFTC Chair Giancarlo Hints at What’s Holding Back Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures

The Takeaway Bakkt, the proposed bitcoin futures exchange, remains in regulatory limbo CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo wouldn’t discuss specific proposals, but his general comments about crypto regulation offer hints at the reasons Bakkt is languishing Part of the problem appears to be the firm’s plan to custody its own bitcoin, and clear trades through its…

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US Regulators’ Approach to Crypto Is Obstructing Innovation: Ex-Congressman

Former Republican Representative George Nethercutt championed cryptocurrency, but took aim at United States regulators’ approach to it in an article for political news outlet The Hill Jan. 14. Nethercutt — who represented the U.S. state of Washington for ten years from 1995 — now serves as founder and chairman of Nethercutt Consulting LLC and of…

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Why the CFTC’s Questions About Ethereum Matter

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here. ————————–————————–————————–————————–————————–————————– Are ether futures just around the corner? Last week, the US Commodity Futures Trading…

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Former CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler: ICOs Should be Considered Securities

Former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Gary Gensler said that most tokens sold through Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) should be classified as securities, Bloomberg reported Oct. 15. Should cryptocurrencies be considered securities, they would fall under the regulatory purview of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Issuers of coins would…

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Bitcoin Futures Helped Cryptocurrency Market Achieve ‘More Sustainable Level’: CFTC Chairman

When derivatives exchanges CBOE and CME launched the first regulated U.S. bitcoin futures contracts, many cryptocurrency bulls thought that this event would lead to a wave of institutional investment and propel the market toward even greater highs. Just days later, the yearlong bitcoin price rally stalled, and the flagship cryptocurrency — followed soon after by…

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Bitcoin Fraudsters Misled Investors and Impersonated Regulators, CFTC Alleges

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed charges against two defendants for allegedly going to a number of lengths in attempts to steal bitcoin. The regulator announced late Friday that it was charging two individuals using the names Morgan Hunt and Kim Hecroft for “fraudulent solicitation, impersonation of a CFTC investigator and forging CFTC documents”…

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