The CFTC considers cryptocurrencies like bitcoin commodities and has jurisdiction over derivatives such as futures based on cryptos. The CFTC declined to comment, Bloomberg says.
Late a year ago, some USA -based traders reported that they had gotten their accounts closed by the exchange.
In the case of the BitMEX probe, it might extend to any accusations where U.S. citizens have been thought to be victims of fraud or manipulation.
"HDR Global Trading Limited, owner of BitMEX, as a matter of company policy, does not comment on any media reports about inquiries or investigations by government agencies or regulators and we have no comment on this report", a BitMEX spokeswoman said to Bloomberg. Apart from the US other banned countries are Iran, Syria, Cuba, and North Korea to mention a few. This rule was enforced in November 2018 when well-known analyst Tone Vays had his trading account terminated.
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CCN reported in January that BitMEX had initiated the close-down of exchange accounts of customers from the United States and the Canadian province of Quebec.
Now the CFTC is only interested in investigating whether an un-registered derivatives platform has been offering trading services to USA citizens.
"BitMEX insiders revealed to me that this exchange is also used daily for money laundering on a massive scale by terrorists and other criminals from Russia, Iran, and elsewhere; the exchange does nothing to stop this, as it profits from these transactions".
Apart from KYC, some exchanges have also even begun to geo-block USA traders from certain trading pairs. As reported by Bitcoinist, both Binance and Poloniex have been forced to geofence several cryptocurrency tokens from us traders.
BitMEX is now the most popular margin trading platform in the business and recently announced it had hit $1 trillion in trading volume over the past year.