CFTC Muscles Its Way To New Regulatory Turf

By Ed Beeson (October 2, 2015, 3:51 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission in recent weeks has used its enforcement arm to plow new turf for the agency, bringing a series of first-of-their-kind cases over bitcoin platforms and swaps regulations put in place after the Dodd-Frank Act.

The cases involving bitcoin have helped the agency plant its regulatory flag on virtual currencies, an area of the economy in which government oversight very much remains up for grabs.

Meanwhile, the matters involving swaps rule violations signal to the industry that, after a long period of preparation, the CFTC is ready to start testing compliance with technical rules on how...

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