An Illegal Digital Asset Derivatives Exchange operates outside regulatory oversight, typically on the dark web or through encrypted channels. It facilitates trading of derivative contracts on cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum without adhering to legal requirements such as KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) rules. These exchanges offer leveraged products like futures and options, attracting users seeking anonymity and speculative opportunities. However, they pose significant risks including market manipulation, security vulnerabilities, and lack of investor protections. Law enforcement faces challenges in shutting down these platforms due to their decentralized and often offshore nature, contributing to concerns about financial stability and market integrity in the broader cryptocurrency ecosystem.

Attention YouTubers: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has initiated legal actions against unregistered foreign brokers that solicit U.S. citizens. This crackdown underscores the CFTC’s commitment to enforcing regulations aimed at protecting American investors from potentially fraudulent or illegal trading activities. Foreign brokers operating without proper registration may entice individuals through online platforms like YouTube, offering trading services in commodities or derivatives. Such actions are a violation of U.S. laws designed to ensure fair and transparent trading environments. The CFTC’s efforts serve to safeguard investors’ interests and maintain the integrity of the derivatives markets, emphasizing the importance of due diligence and regulatory compliance in financial transactions conducted online.

YouTubers beware . . . If you live in the U.S. and your video refers U.S. citizens to unregistered brokers, you may be exposing yourself to possible legal actions from U.S. regulatory authorities . . . you should seek legal counsel in your state for guidance.

► The CFTC RED LIST will most likely be update soon.
Review the first action taken by the CFTC against a foreign derivatives exchange for soliciting U.S. citizens.


File ID:  CFTC-PR-8909-24 Date:  May 13, 2024 Accessed:  June 20, 2024 Headline:  CFTC Issues Order Against Crypto Prime Brokerage Firm for Unlawfully Providing U.S. Customers Access to Digital Asset Derivatives Trading Platforms. CFTC’s First Action Against an Intermediary for this Kind of Violation of CFTC Rules. Source: Categories: AGENCY RULES-CHANGES CFTC RULES-CHANGES FUTURES COMMISSION MERCHANTS (FCM) […]


File ID: CFTC-PR-8884-24 Date: March 26, 2024 Accessed: June16, 2024 Headline:  Commodity Futures Trading Commission Charges KuCoin with Operating an Illegal Digital Asset Derivatives Exchange. Source: Categories: ILLEGAL DIGITAL ASSET DERIVATIVES EXCHANGE CFTC-PR-8884-24 – Viewer: ▼▼▼ (Download PDF File )