Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Founding Date

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is an independent federal regulatory agency tasked with overseeing the U.S. derivatives market, including futures, swaps, and options. The Commission aims to promote the integrity, resilience, and vibrancy of the U.S. derivatives market through sound regulation, the promotion of competitive and efficient markets and the protection of investors against manipulation, abusive trade practices, and fraud. CFTC investigates and prosecutes commodities fraud, including foreign currency schemes, energy manipulation and hedge fund fraud, and works with other federal and state agencies to bring criminal and other actions. CFTC oversees designated contract markets, swap execution facilities, derivatives clearing organizations, swap data repositories, swap dealers, futures commission merchants, commodity pool operators, and other intermediaries.


  • The CFTC is made up of 13 different operating divisions and offices.

  • The Commission engages in cooperative enforcement work with state, federal and international regulatory and criminal authorities

  • The five commissioners serve on committees focused on agriculture, energy and environmental markets, global markets, market risk, and technology.