07 May '13, 5pm

U.S. Financial Regulator Considering Setting Rules for Bitcoin

Bitcoin was born as a decentralized and unregulated currency, removed from the government's long arm of regulation. But now that the crypto-currency is going mainstream, governments are starting to react. In March, the U.S. Treasury Department extended some anti money laundering rules to the digital currency. And now, the American financial regulator for derivative markets is considering whether it should regulate Bitcoin trading. Bart Chilton, one of five commissioners at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), an agency that regulates future and option markets, told the Financial Times that Bitcoin "is for sure something we need to explore." "It’s not Monopoly money we’re talking about here — real people can have real risk in these instruments, and we need to ensure that we protect markets and consumers," Chilton said. "In essence, we’re talking about a type of ...

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