Q&A: CFTC’s Quintenz talks bitcoin, Nasdaq breach, algo trading

On cryptocurrencies, commissioner worries about spot market, but has confidence in big futures exchanges

Brian Quintenz
Brian Quintenz, CFTC
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The young but savage spot market for cryptocurrencies has “significant” problems, says Commodity Futures Trading Commission commissioner Brian Quintenz. But he expresses confidence in the futures trade at established exchanges that price their crypto wares off those same spot arenas.

“I think the spot market has a lot of issues,” says Quintenz, who leads the CFTC’s Technology Advisory Committee. “From a potential for conflicts of interests to exist on the platforms, for questions around

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