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CFTC Charges Company and its Principal in $147 Million Fraudulent Bitcoin Trading Scheme

June 25, 2019

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of a civil enforcement action (Complaint) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against defendants Control-Finance Limited (Control-Finance), a purported Bitcoin trading and investment company, and its principal, Benjamin Reynolds (together, defendants), both of the United Kingdom.  The Complaint charges the defendants with exploiting public enthusiasm for Bitcoin by fraudulently obtaining and misappropriating at least 22,858.822 Bitcoin—worth at least $147 million at the time—from more than 1,000 customers.

New York State Grants BitLicense to Robinhood and LibertyX

January 26, 2019

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has approved the applications of Robinhood Crypto LLC, a subsidiary of Robinhood Markets Inc., and Moon Inc., doing business as LibertyX, for virtual currency licenses.

LabCFTC’s Purpose: Get Out of the Ivory Tower

December 17, 2018

LabCFTC is a dedicated CFTC function to engage with new technologies. It will enable the CFTC to be proactive and forward-thinking as FinTech applications continue to develop.

CFTC Explains Smart Contracts

November 29, 2018

“Smart contracts are being used to drive further automation in our markets and may have an impact across a range of economic activities,” said LabCFTC

Hacking a Trillion Dollar Business

November 26, 2018

“I would say the most poignant moment of me being a cyber special agent was the moment that I took an offensive hacking course. It’s white hat hacking and it was a bunch of agents that took it.”
He described learning how to control other people’s computers, “Once I started doing that, I realized ‘oh way’ this is as easy as turning on the computer and writing an email.”

Narrative Economics and Virtual Currency

August 4, 2018

Schiller noted that many people believe that the real estate boom was created by falling interest rates, but that interest rates had been falling for two decades before the real estate boom.

In Schiller’s research, he found that a narrative had formed that flipping homes- buying a home fixing it up and selling it quickly- had formed as an intriguing way to make money.