Probable new CFTC chair 'no ideologue', say former colleagues

Dealers hope Timothy Massad's reputation as a problem-solver will lead to greater collaboration on cross-border regulation

Timothy Massad

Dealers and brokers will be facing a sharp but sensible pragmatist if Timothy Massad is confirmed as the new chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), according to three of his former colleagues, who spoke to Risk for a profile of Massad, who is currently an official at the US Department of the Treasury. That will reassure lawyers and lobbyists who have worried Massad's left-wing politics would animate him in the job.

"I don't see him as an ideologue; his politics were never

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