CFTC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has bolstered its police actions within the last financial year, driven for most by cryptocurrency cases, in line with with ‘The Wall Street Journal’. Under the rule of President Trump, the federal derivatives market regulator levied around $900 Mln in civil penalties in 2018 alone, crossing the annual amount in 5 of the 8 years of the Obama administration. The amount had declined in 2017, drawing criticism from investors clusters along with several Democrats.
A former CFTC lawyer ‘Gary DeWaaal,’ who is currently special counsel at Katten Munchin Roseman LLP, told the WSJ that the agency is aware of cryptocurrency fraud as a rising issue, at the side of trading and ongoing manipulation, and has targeted on spoofing.
The CFTC chairman ‘J. Christopher Giancarlo’ extolled the agency’s lawsuit activity numbers in a very presentation held at Minneapolis last week, calling it the foremost vigorous enforcement in the history.
The CFTC filed 5 times additional spoofing connected cases – practices that distort prices – within the past year than any previous year. The agency conjointly won a court judgment that determined cryptocurrencies are commodities, which allows the regulator to police cryptocurrency markets.
Giancarlo also mentioned that the agency in 2018 levied fines more than $10 Mln in ten cases, as opposed to an avg. of 3 cases annually beneath the Obama administration.
The agency conjointly reached settlements between $30 Mln to $90 Mln regarding rate of interest benchmark manipulation within many banks. He compared the 2018 numbers to years 2009 and 2016, not 2017, that was a transition year between the administrations.
The CFTC actions are expected to ellaborate with those of the Securities and Exchange Commission [SEC], that has played down its numbers prior of revealing them later within the year. The 2 agencies police completely different segments of the financial markets, with some overlap on derivatives and other areas.
SEC fines were down by around 7.21% in 2017 to around $3.8 Bln, marking the least since 2013, in line with the agency.
The SEC’s co-director of enforcement ‘Stephanie Avakian,’ indicated in a recent speech in Sept. thet the agency’s numbers might fall once more in 2018 partially on account of Supreme Court decisions curbing the agency’s ability to reclaim funds for victimised investors. However, she has vowed that the agency would take an additional active role in policing illegal ICOs, leading to more substantial enforcement actions.