Commodity Futures Trading Commission

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Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

An agency created by the US Congress in 1974 to regulate exchange trading in futures.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

A commission of the United States Government created in 1974 to regulate the market for futures contracts. It consists of five commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Among other duties, the CFTC regulates the settlement of derivatives, oversees derivative exchanges, and sets and enforces rules on trading derivatives. It also works with the SEC to regulate futures contracts on single stocks. Futures traders and investment advisers must register with the CFTC as commodity trading advisers.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)

A federal agency, established in 1974, that regulates and supervises the trading of commodity futures and commodity options. Additional regulation is effected by the exchanges on which the contracts are traded. Compare National Futures Association.

Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

The CFTC is the federal agency that regulates the US futures markets, as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regulates the securities markets.

The agency's five commissioners are appointed by the US president for staggered five-year terms.

The agency is responsible for maintaining fair and orderly markets, enforcing market regulations, and ensuring that customers have the information they need to make informed decisions.

Commodity exchanges also regulate themselves, but any changes they want to make must be approved by the CFTC before they go into effect.

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In the United States, before the passage of the Futures Trading Practices Act of 1992 and subsequent regulatory action by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the exchange-trading restriction of the Commodity Exchange Act had raised serious concerns about the legal enforceability of many OTC derivatives contracts.
Of the efforts taken to date, I should comment on the significant progress made in improving communications among the agencies involved in the surveillance effort--the Bank, the Treasury, the SEC, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Nonetheless, while the Board believes that federal oversight is necessary, we have been of the view that this authority should rest with either the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) or the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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