Is Bitcoin a "futures contract?" Maybe. A futures contract is not defined in the CEA specifically, but it has been defined in the courts as a commitment to deliver or receive an asset - including U.S. dollars - in the future at a pre-agreed price.
Since you can't eat [gold] when hungry, or wear it when cold, or cuddle under it in the rain, what "protection" does it provide? Because it does not pay interest or dividends, why should one prefer it over investments that do?
Two F-16 fighter jets scrambled on Sunday when several small civilian aircraft wandered into restricted air space over where President Obama was playing golf with Tiger Woods in my adopted state of Florida. Our tax dollars at work.
The "sequester" has taken effect. According to multiple news reports, an early casualty will be the shipbuilding industry, especially on the military side. But it will also make more difficult the full implementation of the derivatives piece of the Dodd-Frank Act.