The CFTC Office of the Inspector General expressed "disappoint[ment]" with the CFTC's lack of progress in addressing whistleblower allegations of mismanagement in the Risk Surveillance Branch of the CFTC Division of Clearing and Risk.
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.
The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a statement on research conducted by the IOSCO Task Force on OTC Derivatives Regulation concerning credit default swap auction processes and the functioning of the ISDA Credit Determinations Committees.