Kraken Charged by CFTC Over Margined Crypto Transactions, $1.25 Million Penal...

Kraken Charged by CFTC Over Margined Crypto Transactions, $1.25 Million Penal...

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has charged Payward Ventures, the operator of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, “for illegally offering margined retail commodity transactions in digital assets, including bitcoin, and failing to register.” CFTC Charges Kraken, Imposes $1.25 Million Penalty The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced Tuesday that it has imposed a $1.25 million penalty on cryptocurrency exchange Kraken. The derivatives regulator issued an order filing and settling charges against Payward Ventures Inc., dba Kraken, “for....


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