After a rough start to the week, Asian stocks seem to have found some support as the Turkish Lira steadied below 7 per dollar. Japan’s Nikkei 225 rose 1.8% with all sectors in green territory as the Yen gave up some of yesterday’s gains. Australia’s ASX 200 and the Korean KOSPI also edged higher but gains were limited.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Thursday announced multiple whistleblower awards totaling more than $45 million. The awards demonstrate the growing success of the CFTC’s Whistleblower Program, in particular the increasing volume and complexity of incoming whistleblower submissions. Just last month, the CFTC announced an award of approximately $30 million to one whistleblower (see CFTC press release 7753-18, July 12, 2018) and the first award was made by the program to a whistleblower living in a foreign country (see CFTC press release 7755-18, July 16, 2018).
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo announced today that Matthew A. Daigler has joined the CFTC to serve as a Senior Counsel to the Chairman. Daigler will advise the Chairman on Commission matters, including the Chairman’s Swaps Regulation Version 2.0 agenda.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order today filing and settling charges against Société Générale S.A. (Société Générale or the Bank) for attempted manipulation of and false reporting in connection with the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) for U.S. Dollar, Yen and Euro, and the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor), certain instances of manipulation of Yen LIBOR, and aiding and abetting traders at another bank in their attempts to manipulate Euribor.
The explosive growth in the value of cryptocurrencies has led to overnight billionaires. As many of these cryptocurrencies have seen 10-fold growth and more, the general public is drawn to invest in unregulated cryptocurrencies. Professional traders, along with state and federal regulators, warn investors that they are purchasing unregistered securities on exchanges.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) unanimously approved amendments to the CFTC’s Whistleblower Rules that will, among other things, strengthen the CFTC’s anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers and enhance the process for reviewing whistleblower claims.
On Dec. 19, 2016, after years of mounting stress due to investor redemptions, key staff of Platinum Partners were arrested and its funds were placed into liquidation. Prior to this, many believed Platinum Partners had about $1.7 billion in assets under management and a stellar track record; this is now unclear.
Remarks of Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo before the International Swaps and Derivatives Association 32nd Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal: Changing Swaps Trading Liquidity, Market Fragmentation and Regulatory Comity in Post-Reform Global Swaps Markets