Derivatives Drama: The Unintended Consequences of Crypto Regulation

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and CoinDesk’s Director of Research. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a free weekly newsletter for institutional investors interested in crypto assets. Sign up here. Last week’s kerfuffle over the launch-that-wasn’t of LedgerX’s physically delivered futures […]

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Senior CFTC Official Who Set Bitcoin Futures Policy Is Leaving: Report

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is losing another senior level staffer. Bloomberg Law reports Friday that a number of sources have said Amir Zaidi, director of the CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight (DMO), is to leave the regulator within weeks. Zaidi had been in the post since early in 2017 and was the official responsible […]

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Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo – Regulating the Blockchain

We’re talking to experts in the crypto and blockchain space about the future of the industry. You’ll hear from economists, entrepreneurs, developers, and other speakers from Consensus events. Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission joins host Nolan Bauerle for an exit interview covering his time at the CFTC, the future […]

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When Bakkt? Bitcoin Futures Market’s Approval Appears Stuck in Limbo

Bakkt was first announced in early August as a bitcoin trading and custody platform, but its launch has been repeatedly delayed It has submitted a proposal to the CFTC, asking for an exemption which would allow it to custody the bitcoin it uses to settle its futures contracts. While CFTC Commissioners were reportedly given the […]

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Will Fiat-Backed Stablecoins Pass Legal Muster With the SEC and CFTC?

Benjamin Sauter and Jake Chervinsky of Kobre & Kim LLP are litigators and government enforcement defense attorneys who specialize in disputes and investigations related to digital assets. This article is not intended to provide legal advice. –––––––––– As we enter the second year of this so-called “crypto winter,” the stablecoin market is hotter than ever. […]

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Why the CFTC’s Questions About Ethereum Matter

Noelle Acheson is a veteran of company analysis and member of CoinDesk’s product team. The following article originally appeared in Institutional Crypto by CoinDesk, a newsletter for the institutional market, with news and views on crypto infrastructure delivered every Tuesday. Sign up here. ————————–————————–————————–————————–————————–————————– Are ether futures just around the corner? Last week, the US Commodity Futures Trading […]

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