Bitcoin is now officially a commodity according to U.S. regulators, Bloomberg Business reports. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced on Thursday that it had filed and settled charges against a Bitcoin exchange for facilitating the trading of option contracts on its platform.
“In this order, the CFTC for the first time finds that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are properly defined as commodities,” notes the CFTC press release.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is an independent agency of the U.S. government created in 1974, which regulates futures and option markets that are subject to the Commodity Exchange Act. By this action, the CFTC asserts