One of the most recent marketplace developments driving a lot of interest is the rise in prominence of virtual currencies, specifically bitcoin.”
The information portal was launched on Friday, the same day the CFTC released its proposed definition for “delivery” in the context of cryptocurrency assets.
The agency has since embarked on a 90-day comment period regarding the proposal, soliciting feedback from the public on an issue that had stoked criticism and beguiled regulators working on possible solutions.
The release perhaps represents a kind of normalization for bitcoin at the agency, which moved to classify bitcoin as a kind of commodity in 2015.
Indeed, the CFTC’s chief remarked earlier this month that, in his view, bitcoin is an unusual kind of commodity by the agency’s standards.
“I have said consistently that virtual currencies are unlike any commodity that the CFTC has dealt with in the past, and I know they pose challenges for the SEC as well,” he said last week following remarks from the head of the SEC, Jay Clayton.
Disclosure: CME Group is an investor in Digital Currency Group.