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Monday, September 28, 2015

U.S. Regulatory Agencies

Commodities Futures Trade Commission (CFTC)

In the United States, we like to call the CFTC… Big Brother.

CFTCThis agency was developed in 1974 to protect individuals (average cool dudes like you and the FX-Men) in futures and commodities trading. Since futures include the currency market, the CFTC “naturally” protects forex traders as well.

From 1974 to the present, the CFTC has undergone many changes in hopes of improving trading conditions and creating a level playing field for everyone. The CFTC is also responsible for publishing the Commitments of Traders Report (COT) every Tuesday.

Five commissioners appointed by the President, the offices of the Chairman, and the agency’s operating units make up the Commission. The Commission has 3 offices along with HQ located in Washington, D.C. – Chicago, Kansas City, New York.

Futures exchanges are also located in these cities. So if you have a problem with them, you can make your way over there and bust out your uzis and spray them. Just kidding. Don’t do that – they’re the good guys. They’re here to help you.

Imagine if there was no organization out there to protect you. There would be a lot more scammers, and brokers would cheat their clients in a heartbeat. The CFTC provides order in a market that would otherwise be chaotic.

The mission of the CFTC is to protect market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to the sale of commodity and financial futures and options. In the “unregulated” forex market, this regulatory agency will help you determine if a forex company is reliable or trustworthy.