The CFTC is the independent Agency of the U.S. government that regulates futures and options markets and administers the CEA, 7 U.S.C. section 1, et seq., which prohibits fraudulent conduct in the trading of futures contracts. With a few exceptions, all individuals and firms that intend to do business as futures professionals must register under the CEA.
In addition, those individuals and firms that wish to conduct futures-related business with the public must apply for membership with the NFA, the SRO for the U.S. futures industry. The NFA states that it “strives every day to safeguard market integrity, protect investors and help our Members meet their regulatory responsibilities.”1
Many diverse types of entities are subject to regulation under the CEA and are required to register with the NFA. These include: