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Digital asset exchange Kraken to pay $1.25 million penalty to settle U.S. CFTC charges

By Reuters

<div> <p>By Chris Prentice</p> <p><span class="caps">WASHINGTON</span> -Kraken, one of the largest digital asset exchanges in the United States, will pay a $1.25 million civil fine to settle U.S. charges it illegally offered certain transactions in digital assets, including Bitcoin.</p> <p>From June 2020 to July 2021, Payward Ventures Inc, doing business as Kraken, offered margined retail commodity transactions in digital assets to U.S. customers who were not eligible, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (<span class="caps">CFTC</span>) said in a statement. The firm also acted as a futures commission merchant without registering as one with the agency.</p> <p>Kraken, which did not admit or deny the <span class="caps">CFTC</span>’s findings, cooperated with the investigation and was “proactive” in seeking compliance guidance, the <span class="caps">CFTC</span> said. The firm agreed to cease and desist from further violations.</p> <p>“We are committed to working with regulators to try to ensure the rules governing digital assets create a level playing field globally,” a Kraken spokesperson said in a statement.</p> <p>In a concurring statement about the settlement, <span class="caps">CFTC</span> Commissioner Dawn Stump said existing agency guidance does not go far enough to establish clear rules for cryptocurrency firms seeking to offer retail commodity transactions involving certain digital assets. </p> </div>