CFTC Whistleblower Alert: Blow the Whistle on Spoofing in the Commodities and Derivatives Markets
Under the Whistleblower Program of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), individuals can become eligible for both financial awards and certain protections by identifying Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) violations connected to spoofing.
What is spoofing?
A trader “spoofs” when he or she places an order in a futures market with the intention to cancel the order prior to execution. Traders typically spoof to misrepresent supply or demand in order to induce other traders to act in a way beneficial to the spoofer. Spoofing is a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years’ imprisonment per violation.
About the CFTC
The mission of the CFTC is to promote the integrity, resilience, and vibrancy of the U.S. derivatives markets through sound regulation.
About the Whistleblower Program
The CFTC will pay 10%-30% monetary awards to persons who voluntarily provide us with original information on a Form TCR about violations of the CEA or its rules, if that information leads to a successful CFTC enforcement action resulting in more than $1 million in monetary sanctions. The program also affords confidentiality and anti‐retaliation protections.
For more information go to: www.whistleblower.gov
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This article was prepared by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Whistleblower Office. This article is provided for general informational purposes only and does not provide legal or investment advice to any individual or entity. It is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in any matter, civil or criminal. Please consult with your own legal adviser before taking any action based on this information. Please note that the above list of relevant types of misconduct is not exhaustive.