The Commodity Futures Trading created a new initiative to promote FinTech innovation termed LabCFTC. The objective of the initiative, said the CFTC, was to make the CFTC more accessible to FinTech innovators while at the same time helping the CFTC learn of new technologies. In part the CFTC hopes to “identify and utilize emerging technologies that can enable the CFTC to carry out its mission more effectively and efficiently in the new digital world, “ said Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo in a speech announcing the new initiative last week (click here to access the full transcript). Other worldwide regulators have adopted similar forums to support FinTech innovators offering new types of products in the financial services industry. (Click here for background in the article “Canadian Securities Regulators Join the Sandbox Movement” in the February 26, 2017 edition of Bridging the Week.)