The Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) established the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which is a federal financial regulatory agency with the jurisdiction to regulate trading activity related to futures contracts, certain retail commodity and foreign exchange transactions, options, and swaps (collectively referred to as "commodity interests"). The CFTC sets supervision, trade execution, reporting, and recordkeeping rules, amongst other requirements, for trading in commodity interests.  Furthermore, the CFTC also requires that individuals and entities that provide specified services related to the commodity interest eco-system register with the CFTC.  Certain CFTC-registrants must become a member of a designated self-regulatory organization, which to date is the National Futures Association.

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