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Verdict on CFTC and SEC regulation on cryptocurrencies in the U.S

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Back in 2015 when the Federal Court judge, Jack Weinstein said that cryptocurrencies comes under commodities and are to be regulated by U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission [CFTC], no hell was broken about it.

Back then, there was a case running against Patrick K. McDonnell and CabbageTech Corp also known as Coin Drop Markets [CDM]. They had taken funds from customers in the form of fiat money or cryptocurrency. Later on, the money was claimed to be a ‘default’ and any proof of the company’s existence was removed.

The federal judge of that time handed over the case to CFTC to solve it. CFTC found that the defendant CDM Corp. had not followed the expected rules at any level. Since then, CFTC was held responsible for any case related to cryptocurrency.

CFTC stated on its website:

“to avoid systemic risk, the Commission aims to protect market users and their funds, consumers, and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to derivatives and other products that are subject to the Commodity Exchange “

This ruling has caused problems with the jurisdiction of cases involving cryptocurrency, ICO, etc. As the U.S Government has two agencies which are currently dealing with issues regarding cryptocurrencies, namely the SEC and CFTC, they are no clear rules which differentiate each others’ jurisdiction.

Brian Quintenz, the CFTC Commissioner says:

“Participants in this market want a credible marketplace.”

The SEC gave a public statement that all that digital platforms which are associated with securities should register with the SEC.

SEC announced that:



“Registration as a broker-dealer subjects the ATS to a host of regulatory requirements, such as the requirement to have reasonable policies and procedures to prevent the misuse of material non-public information, books and records requirements, and financial responsibility rules, including, as applicable, requirements concerning the safeguarding and custody of customer funds and securities,”

Even with this clear statement given by the SEC, it is hard for the government agencies as well as the common public to distinguish which of the 1000+ cryptocurrencies fall into which category as there is a thin line of difference between them.

Brian Quintenz also says:

“Regulation can add to credibility… And I think the participants in this market want a credible marketplace.”





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Mohan Pratap is a contributing News writer at AMBCrypto. He is an Engineering graduate with an acute curiosity to unravel Blockchain and technology-related stories. Mohan currently does not hold any value in any cryptocurrency or its projects.

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Daily Crypto News – May 25

1) Bitcoin Wallet receives part of 5,000 BTC: A recent Whale Alert highlighted a transaction on May 24, where a large sum of Bitcoin [BTC] exchanged hands between two anonymous wallets. According to the alert the transaction took place at 22:13:23 + 1 minutes and 5,000.00001092 BTC was transferred from an unknown wallet, with address 19SiCYaYKZh9A8HUjuh14eg5wtYzKxiFbB, to another unknown wallet with address 14GcjGjxwadzcpmq9EG3KUgTKATjurbnWt.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2VRQwb0

2) Bitwise Report 2.0: Bitcoin [BTC] futures continues growth: On a month-on-month basis, Bitcoin Futures saw a massive bump in April trading at an average of 10,000 contracts daily, peaking on April 4, with over 22,000 contracts traded. To put that number in perspective, in March 2019, the average contracts traded was less than 4,000. Despite the high standards set in April, the average daily contracts traded in May, with 25 days gone has exceeded 14,000 and still looks to grow, given the price performance of Bitcoin.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2W40sTR

3) Craig Wright on private keys: Craig S Wright has, for years, claimed he is the true creator of Bitcoin [BTC] without providing a shred of evidence to support the same. With the crypto-community levelling, Wright could prove his worth by sending BTC from Satoshi Nakamoto’s touted wallet containing around 980,000 BTCs, the BSV man in a twisted cause and effect situation, stated he will “sign” into his wallet only when he proves he is the creator.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2X6fdlw

4) Tether’s [USDT] market cap hits ATH: Tether and Bitfinex are being closely scrutinized now more than ever due to the NYAG’s lawsuit; however, the scrutiny doesn’t seem to have affected Tether as the market cap of USDT has increased by over $100 million in approximately 70 days.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2McaTjE

5) Tether volume shift: Another controversial topic in the cryptocurrency industry was the issue of fake transaction volumes on many of the popular cryptocurrency exchanges. The magnitude of the topic was so large that even Changpeng Zhao, the Chief Executive Officer [CEO] of Binance had raised red flags. This topic and Tether as a whole received another twist when Larry Cermack, the Director of Research at The Block, pointed out a few parameters when it came to the said volume.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2wmk4mJ

6) Bitfinex’s LEO tokens listed on Delta Exchange: Bitfinex’s Leo tokens faced quite a lot of criticism when they were announced, due to the missing $850 million funds from Bitfinex. The private investment round by Bitfinex also faced a lot of heat from the media. However, in a recent development, Leo tokens are being listed on various exchanges for trading.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2HUEnNB



7) Robinhood en-route a projected valuation of $7 billion: Robinhood, the California-based cryptocurrency exchange made headlines recently when a source close to the organization revealed that it was on the verge of closing their latest round of funding at a valuation of a whopping $7 billion – $8 billion. Sources even claimed that the current round of funding could act as a precursor to an even bigger round of funding, which would pit Robinhood with the bigwigs like Coinbase and Binance.

Read more at https://bit.ly/2W64KKj





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