08 May '13, 9pm

CFTC Discussing Bitcoin Regulation | by @shipkevichlaw

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reportedly “seriously” looking into whether Bitcoin may fall under its scope. Bitcoin, which was founded in 2009 as a decentralized, digital currency, has seen a spike in value in recent months, as concerns grow over traditional bank deposits and currencies. Bart Chilton, commissioner of the CFTC, told the Financial Times Bitcoin “is for sure something we need to explore.” Chilton told the publication, “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, even in what at first blush appear to be ‘out there’ transactions.” Potential regulation is one of the biggest challenges that Bitcoin faces, but the U.S. government has not said much in regards to the digital currency. In March, an arm of the U.S. Treasury Depa...

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