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CFTC Launches Investigation Into Jump Trading As Crypto Scrutiny Rises 

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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) launched an investigation into Jump Trading, a prominent Chicago-based firm known for its significant role in the cryptocurrency sector. This probe, while not indicating any wrongdoing, focuses on Jump’s activities in crypto trading and investment.



Jump Trading Faces Regulatory Hurdles



The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is examining Jump’s role in the cryptocurrency sector, investigating its trading and investment activities, as reported by Fortune.



This investigation, which does not imply any misconduct, follows a tumultuous period of three years for Jump. Known for its dominance in algorithmic trading, Jump had become a major player in crypto markets, but faced challenges after being linked to various cyber incidents and market downturns.



Subsequently, Jump has reduced its crypto operations, including divesting two prominent projects and keeping a distance from the race to launch a spot Bitcoin ETF.



The company faced significant setbacks, starting with a $325 million hack on Wormhole, a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform focused on linking different blockchains. Additionally, after FTX collapsed in November 2022, it was disclosed that Jump faced losses nearing $300 million as a leading market maker on the defunct crypto exchange.



Adding to the controversy, Jump found itself once again in controversy during the SEC’s lawsuit in February 2023 against Terraform Labs and its founder, Do Kwon, the creator of the failed TerraUSD stablecoin. The SEC alleged in its complaint that a U.S. trading firm had covertly supported Terra’s peg during a near-collapse in 2021, with subsequent reports identifying the firm as Jump.



While the SEC accused Terraform and Kwon of fraud for misleadingly claiming the peg’s natural restoration, no charges were filed against Jump.



In March 2023, the Justice Department initiated a criminal case against Kwon. Similar to the SEC lawsuit, the complaint referenced Jump as a “U.S.-based proprietary trading firm” involved in maintaining Terra’s peg but did not allege any wrongdoing or press charges against the firm.



SEC And CFTC’s Take Lead in Enforcement Actions



Over the last few years, both the CFTC and its counterpart, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), have intensified their efforts to pursue legal actions against entities in the cryptocurrency sector. In recent times, they have initiated multiple enforcement actions targeting crypto firms such as Binance and FTX.



The CFTC’s inquiry into Jump’s crypto operations marks the most recent investigation by a federal agency, though it remains unclear if charges are being considered. Unlike the SEC, which regulates securities, the CFTC oversees much of Jump’s activities in derivatives, from crypto assets to traditional commodities.



CFTC Chair Rostin Behnam hinted at potential upcoming enforcement actions during his speech at the Milken Conference in May, indicating that cryptocurrency firms should anticipate another round of regulatory scrutiny.

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