Crypto Exchanges Join Winklevoss Backed Self-Regulatory Group

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A group of cryptocurrency exchanges has joined up with Gemini founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to launch a new industry-focused self-regulatory organization (SRO). First proposed in March, the Virtual Commodity Association aims to “foster financially sound, responsible and innovative virtual commodity markets” by developing industry standards and encouraging cryptocurrency exchanges to prevent market manipulation and other fraudulent actions. On Monday, the proposal took its next step, with Gemini launching a working group to begin developing these standards. As explained by an introductory post on the VCA’s website, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has legal jurisdiction over commodities, such as bitcoin and ether, though it does not necessarily have jurisdiction over cash and spot markets derived from commodities. However, under the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), the CFTC can regulate fraud or market manipulation. The post explained: “The purchase and sale of commodities in the spot/cash markets has been