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SEC Chair Offers Advice on Bitcoin and Its Ilk

This week, the chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission weighed in on crypto-currencies as well as ICOs or initial coin offerings. With the price of bitcoin nearing $20,000, it probably comes at the right time. You may have been wondering yourself: What are the rules for this stuff? Are they being followed? And what are the risks Read More

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CFTC Launches New Website for Whistleblowers

Another thing about the Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Last month, the agency unveiled the new website for its whistleblower program at www.whistleblower.gov. It looks pretty good, and it’s easy to navigate. It tells you what you need to know about the program, including how to submit a tip and how to apply for an award. The CFTC’s whistleblower program was created Read More

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The CFTC’s First Ever Case of Insider Trading

Two months ago, for the first time, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission flexed its new anti-fraud powers under the Dodd-Frank Act to punish insider trading in the futures markets. How so? The agency filed and settled an enforcement action against an employee whose job was to trade energy futures for a large corporation. Allegedly, the employee used access to confidential information about Read More

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JPMorgan Agrees to Pay $100 Million to Settle CFTC Charges Over Market Manipulation

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has settled its case against JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s largest bank, over the latter’s alleged attempt to manipulate a financial-derivatives market amid massive trading losses at one its units. The background is that, from 2007 to 2011, the bank amassed a net $51 billion portfolio of credit-default swaps, a type of derivative that is like an insurance contract used to hedge against, or just Read More

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