As one can gather from the name, “spoofing” is not OK with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, so it would like a couple of prominent exchanges it regulates to, you know, do something about it. Nothing big, but it would be nice if the New York Mercantile Exchange and Commodity Exchange at least knew whether it—it being high-frequency traders placing a whole bunch of orders they have absolutely no intention of following through with—was going on. Just sayin’. Read more »
Issue #1: How can you get a permit to do a damned illegal thing?
Bitcoins are a “real” commodity, so says the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Commissioner Mark Wetjen “I do believe we have the authority because if you think of any reasonable reading of our statute, bitcoin classifies as a commodity, “I do believe we have the authority because if you think of any reasonable reading of our statute, bitcoin classifies as a commodity.”
Well maybe if Wetjen wishes really, really hard, Tinkerbell will spring to life and sprinkle enough regulatory pixie dust to give the CFTC the authority it believes it should have. Read more »
He may have vaporized Amaranth Advisors’ clients’ money, but, apparently, not all of his own. And now Brian Hunter’s using it to preserve his anonymity. Alas, it will cost the most entertaining natural-gas trader in history’s his full freedom to play in markets he knows well enough to lose $6.6 billion in, but that’s a small price to pay for remaining, in the eye of Google Images, a fisherman. Or a fish. Whichever. Read more »
Eight years after the great fisherman, Canadian and hedge fund trader who was thisclose to making a mint on a whole mess of natural-gas contracts but instead wound up losing $6.6 billion and putting an end to a plucky little shop called Amaranth Advisors, Brian Hunter may be appearing in New York federal court to defend his honor against allegations that he planned to make that mint by manipulating the natural gas markets. Read more »