At a meeting of the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee, industry representatives considered presentations on automated and modern trading markets, distributed ledger technology and market infrastructure, virtual currencies, and cybersecurity.
A futures commission merchant settled NFA charges for failing to compensate retail forex customers whose orders were adversely affected by an ongoing malfunction in the firm's electronic trading platform.
CFTC Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo reasserted the "obligation of futures exchanges to ensure that virtual currency futures are not susceptible to manipulation, and of futures clearinghouses to ensure that such products are adequately risk managed."
CME Group, CBOE Futures Exchange and the Cantor Exchange have "self-certified" new bitcoin products. The CFTC released a fact sheet on the process and promised cooperation with the NFA in monitoring bitcoin futures-related activity.
CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintenz discussed the implications of listing bitcoin futures products, keeping pace with technological developments and the importance of international regulatory cooperation.
"Desk-specific" portals are highly curated pages devoted to specific regulatory topics. The first five portals to go live cover Broker-Dealers and Markets, Asset-Backed Securities, SEC and FINRA Enforcement, Securities Offerings, and Issuers.