Category Archives: CFTC

Crypto Currency Tax Matters

If you’ve hopped onto the cryptocurrency train, you should be aware that the IRS is all over this. So, if you’re paying employees in Bitcoin (or alts), you must report it on a W-2 and withhold just like dollars (except … Continue reading

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Estonia Planning A Crowdfunded Initial Coin Offering

Notwithstanding the European Central Bank’s “veto” of the use of national crypto-currencies, Estonia (of all countries) will apparently launch its own Initial Coin Offering. The TokenEST ICO will run on the Ethereum blockchain and is intended to raise US$30 million. … Continue reading

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SEC Warns Professionals About Bitcoins

As the futures price of Bitcoin surged past the spot price on the first official day of futures trading on the Cboe, the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission ramped up his warning. In a public memo, Chairman Clayton … Continue reading

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Bitcoin Futures Market Opens

You can now legally bet on the price of a Bitcoin. The CBOE commodities exchange is offering futures contracts to those who can put up the margin of +/-44% or $4,400 per $10,000 contract. The symbol is “XBT” and these … Continue reading

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Robot Crowdfunds Its Brain

Creepiest crowdfunding campaign yet (and possibly a problematic one) is the initial coin offering to fund the artificial intelligence of a humanoid robot, Sophia. The fiat currency is being raised to fund ” SingularityNET, an open source platform for AI … Continue reading

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Forex Traders Seem To Like Crowdfunded ICO’s

Is the “smart money” really smart? A new survey of visitors to the Forexlive website, an information platform for foreign currency traders, reported that 19% haveĀ  invested in an Initial Coin Offering, while 8.5% said that they are interested in … Continue reading

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CFTC Settlement Provide for “Bad Boy” Exemptions

It pays to have smart lawyers. Money center banks who have found themselves as the subject of disciplinary orders from the Commodities Futures Trading Commission have settled cases with the inclusion of exemption language that provides them an automatic exemption … Continue reading

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