CFTC: tokens to ‘transform’ into commodities

CFTC commissioner reports on the possibility of the tokens ‘transformation’ from securities into commodities
24 October 2017   1233

Brian Quintenz, a commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), claimed that tokens may “transform” from securities into commodities while speaking at the first annual FinTech Week. The man suggests that tokens can meet distinct regulatory classifications at different times. The assumption, actually, aligns with the policy view of industry experts like Coin Center.

Digital currencies "may actually transform at some point from something that starts off as a security and transforms into a commodity,” speculated Quintenz, as reported by politicopro.com.

That's going to be a very difficult but important conversation for us to have to give the market certainty, to allow for innovation to flourish and continue, but [it’s necessary] to make sure that we're being consistent in how we apply commodity law and protection of consumers across all products.
 

Brian Quintenz
CFTC commissioner

It is worth noting that eatlir this week, LabCFTC issued a primer on virtual currencies. Although this did not constitute official policy, the agency enumerated examples of permitted activities including those of LedgerX, TeraExchange, and NADEX. Thus, LabCFTC explicitly stated that prohibited activities include “a virtual currency futures or option contract or swap traded on a domestic platform or facility that has not registered with the CFTC as a SEF [swap execution facility] or DCM [designated contracts market]".

Binance to Start US Expansion

Site operator and US partner of the exchange BAM Trading is registered with FinCEN as a money transfer operator, but it operates only in California
14 June 2019   245

Binance in partnership with BAM Trading Services will open the US division called Binance US.

Note that BAM Trading, which will act as the site operator, is registered with FinCEN as a money transfer operator, however, it operates only in the territory of California.

We are excited to finally launch Binance.US and bring the security, speed, and liquidity of Binance.com to North America. Binance.US will be led by our local partner BAM and will serve the U.S. market in full regulatory compliance.
 

Changpeng Zhao

CEO, Binance

BAM Trading involves the mechanisms of the match and the principles of working with wallets that are implemented on the parent platform.

It is worth adding that FinCEN did not verify the information provided by BAM Trading, and the fact of registration is not a recommendation, confirmation of legality (activity) or direct support of a business by a government department.

From September 12, the parent platform Binance.com will stop serving American users.

At the same time, the exchange will no longer serve users who violate the provisions of the Terms of Use: they will retain access to their wallets with funds, but will not be able to trade.