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Virtual Currency Resources

One of the most recent marketplace developments driving a lot of interest is the rise in prominence of virtual currencies, specifically bitcoin. Below are resources for market participants and customers on virtual currency and the CFTC's role in oversight of this emerging innovation.

Customer Advisories Option

Customer Advisories
Information about specific issues related to virtual currencies.

The Risks of Virtual Currency Trading

Find out about the possible risks associated with investing or speculating in virtual currencies or Bitcoin futures and options.

Beware of Pump-and-Dump Schemes

Read about virtual currency pump-and-dump schemes that occur in the largely unregulated cash market for virtual currencies and digital tokens.

Beware of “IRS Approved” Virtual Currency IRAs

Learn about sales pitches touting “IRS approved” or “IRA approved” virtual currency retirement accounts.

Brochures Option

Downloadable brochures that provide basic information about Bitcoin and virtual currencies.

Bitcoin Basics

A guide for those who are new to Bitcoin. It provides an introduction and useful information about Bitcoin and its risks.

An Introduction to Virtual Currency

A quick guide to virtual currencies that covers how they can be purchased, why they are considered commodities, and what types of fraud can be found in the market.

Learn More Option

Learn More
Resources that provide an overview of virtual currencies their potential use-cases, the CFTC's oversight role and potential risks involved with them.

Virtual Currency Primer

An educational tool that provides an overview of virtual currency, the role of the CFTC, and the risks of virtual currencies.

Virtual Currency Podcast

A podcast featuring a panel of CFTC leaders discussing what Bitcoin is, the self-certification process, and the CFTC’s role in regulating these derivatives contracts.

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