Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is an independent U.S. federal agency that regulates futures and options markets. The CFTC was established by Congress in 1974 to oversee the markets for futures and options contracts, which are financial instruments used to speculate on the future price of commodities, currencies, and other financial assets.
The CFTC's mandate is to protect market participants from fraud, manipulation, and other abusive practices, and to promote fair and transparent markets. To achieve this, the CFTC has a range of powers and responsibilities, including the authority to set margin requirements, enforce trading rules, and investigate and prosecute violators of the law.
The CFTC works closely with other financial regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), to ensure that the markets it regulates are safe and transparent. It also serves as a resource for market participants and the general public, providing educational materials and other information about the futures and options markets.
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