28 Sep '15, 11am

Digital Currency Derivatives Exchanges Prepare for Regulation after CFTC Bitcoin Ruling

Only a week after ruling that bitcoin and other digital currencies are commodities, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on Thursday that they have settled charges filed against TeraExchange LLC (Tera) for arranging a “non-deliverable forward contract” last October. Neither of the parties entering the trade were looking to profit off of future bitcoin price changes, but rather to test Tera’s network. However, Tera subsequently released a press release that indicated the pre-arranged swap was a real trade, which would violate both the Swap Execution Facility (SEF) Core Principles found in the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations. This was the first charge filed by the CFTC against a bitcoin exchange following last week’s announcement , which gave the CFTC jurisdiction over online bitcoin exchange and derivative markets. Other digital currenc...

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