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Remembering Bart Chilton, CFTC Commissioner

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNBC, Bloomberg, and many others, former Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Bart Chilton passed away recently at the age of 58 (1960-2019).

Bart Chilton spent decades in Washington, D.C. working in policy roles on Capitol Hill, in the executive branch, and in government affairs, specializing in farm policy, metals, and many other aspects of financial markets. He would be nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as a Commissioner on the CFTC regulatory body, to which he was later re-appointed to by President Barack Obama, serving in total from 2007 to 2014.

In recent years he took an interest in the rise of high-frequency trading, cryptocurrency, and many other revolutionary developments in modern financial markets brought about by technological advances.

I had the pleasure of knowing Bart through his business television show "Boom Bust," which he hosted. We had fascinating and in-depth conversations on topics including the regulation of banking, social media and data science, as well as cryptocurrency.

Bart's incredible knowledge of financial markets and practices, willingness to engage in serious intellectual exploration and debate, passion for protecting and looking out for the consumer, and personal warmth and friendliness all left a deep impression on me.

I will miss him greatly, as many others will too.

Below you can see some of our discussions:

Rest in peace, Bart.