Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (abbreviation: CFTC ), headquartered in Washington, DC is an independent agency of the United States and regulates the futures and options markets in the United States.

The CFTC has, under The Commodity Exchange Act (CEA ), 7 USC § 1 et seq protection of trading partners against manipulation, abusive trade practices and fraud to the task. You should supervise or regulate, meet the economically important tasks markets.

Supervised larger exchanges

  • Chicago Board Options Exchange
  • Chicago Board of Trade
  • Chicago Mercantile Exchange
  • U.S. Futures Exchange
  • Kansas City Board of Trade
  • Minneapolis Grain Exchange
  • New York Mercantile Exchange
  • ICE Futures U.S. (formerly " New York Board of Trade " )


In the spring of 2010, the CFTC made ​​a hearing on the question of whether or how the prices of gold and silver had been influenced or manipulated. The reason for this hearing included information that was made ​​famous by the whistleblower Andrew Maguire in late 2009.