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CFTC Talks covers all topics and areas impacting the markets the agency regulates.

The Effect of Capital Rules on Derivatives Markets
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CFTC staff from the Office of Chief Economist discuss the effect that capital rules have had on the competitive landscape of derivatives clearing. Staff studied the multiple effects of capital rules across different asset classes and different clearing member groups. The evidence suggests that the leverage ratio requirement has pushed derivative clearing activities to less constrained institutions and market segments. Search terms: CFTC, Office of the Chief Economist, Derivatives Clearing, Margin, Leverage Ratio, US Treasury Futures and Options, S&P 500 Futures and Options, Capital Rules
Duration: 11:46
Credit Derivatives
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This episode discusses “opportunistic strategies,” or more commonly known as “manufactured credit events in the credit derivatives markets”. CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo, CFTC Division Directors and senior analysts discuss the impact of these events in the credit derivatives markets. 
Duration: 15:29
A View into the WTI Crude Oil Derivatives Market Structure
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This podcast discusses various aspects of the crude oil derivative market. It includes a summary of topics discussed at the April 2019 Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee meeting and brings together all derivatives across futures markets and swaps. This episode also views the overall size of the WTI Crude Oil Derivatives market and the various commercial and noncommercial participants and their engagement in this important marketplace.
Duration: 17:11
CFTC Talks EP076: Daniel Gorfine, CFTC Chief Innovation Officer
#CFTCTalks we bring on Daniel Gorfine, CFTC’s Chief Innovation Officer. We do a 2018 look back and a 2019 look forward on fintech and regtech. Lessons learned, ideas generated and areas to gather knowledge all covered and discussed. Last one for 2018!
Duration: 33:40
CFTC Talks EP075: Georgetown Law Prof. Chris Brummer
This week on CFTC Talks, we talk with University of Georgetown’s Faculty Director of the Institute of International Law Chris Brummer. Chris joins us to discuss the DC Fintech Week held at Georgetown and what he learned from the conference.
Duration: 28:24
CFTC Talks EP074: World Bank Sharmista Appaya
This week on CFTC Talks, we speak with World Bank’s Sharmista Appaya, a Senior Financial Sector Expert – in the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation (FCI) Global Practice at the World Bank Group and focuses on Bank’s engagement on fintech issues as they relate to, and can have an effect on, financial inclusion and financial sector development. Most recently, she was the Head of the Fintech Accelerator at the Bank of England in London looking at innovative firms and technologies to understand both the applications of and implications on Central Banking practices. “Find a problem first, then look for a fintech solution.”
Duration: 29:14
CFTC Talks EP073: TLDR Andre McGregor
This week on CFTC Talks, we speak with TLDR’s Andre McGregor. Mr. McGregor is a former FBI cyber security special agent and is head of security for TLDR, a global advisory firm specializing in the token economy. We discuss cyber security and safeguarding assets in a digital world. How many characters does Andre have in his passwords? Hint>25.
Duration: 31:14
CFTC Talks EP072: CFTC Jamie McDonald
This week on CFTC Talks, we speak with CFTC Director of Enforcement Jamie McDonald on the record number of cases his division brought against traders who utilize spoofing to manipulate market prices. Why joint prosecution has been one driver: “There’s no deterrent effect like the prospect of criminal prosecution in the appropriate case.” (36:06)
Duration: 36:06
CFTC Talks EP071: New York Attorney General Investor Protection Bureau John Castiglione
This week on CFTC Talks, we speak with John Castiglione from the New York State Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Investor Protection Bureau. We discuss the recent Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative report covering virtual currency trading platforms. This was a fact finding inquiry into the policies and procedures of virtual asset trading platforms.
Duration: 35:21
CFTC Talks EP070: B23 Co-founder Dave Hirko
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This week on CFTC Talks, we speak with Co-Founder Dave Hirko. We cover the origins of Amazon Web Services, the progression of cloud and predictive analytics. We answer the question why is data engineering a zero-sum game for most organizations and what happened when b23 did analysis on the CDS (credit default swaps) market.
Duration: 28:56