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US Futures Commission To Monitor Crypto Business

14:02 15/02/2019
US Regulator To Examine Cryptocurrency Business

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the inclusion of the crypto sphere in the list of priority areas for monitoring in 2019, as follows from an official press release.


The study of the crypto industry issues will lie on the agency’s units: the clearing and risk department (DCR), the swap dealer and intermediary monitoring department (DSIO), and that of market oversight (DMO). The organization intends to monitor the operations in the crypto business, including in real time.


J. Christopher Giancarlo, the Commission’s head, in his comment thanked the team and managers of the departments for their contribution in ensuring the CTFC’s activities transparency. He claimed that thanks to this, the registered market players allocate sufficient resources to comply with the regulatory requirements of the agency. 


Such a step was taken amidst the ongoing regulation of the crypto sphere by both the CFTC and the SEC.


Representatives of the crypto community criticize the approaches of both commissions. The accusations are mainly addressed to the SEC for too strict regulatory policies.


This situation hinders the development of innovations and leads to the fact that many US firms are in limbo, not knowing whether their tokens are regarded as securities or not, an ex-Republican George Nethercutt believes.


As previously reported, the Californian startup Reality Shares submitted an application to the SEC to open an exchange-traded investment fund (ETF) with a partial representation of bitcoin futures, but soon withdrew it upon the agency’s advice.

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