NFA is the industrywide, self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry. Designated by the CFTC as a registered futures association, NFA strives every day to safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets, protect investors and ensure Members meet their regulatory responsibilities.
In 1974, Congress established the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The same legislation that established the CFTC also authorized the creation of registered futures associations, giving the industry the opportunity to create a self-regulatory organization. NFA's formal designation as a "registered futures association" was granted by the CFTC on September 22, 1981. NFA began its regulatory operations in 1982.
NFA's Board of Directors is its principal governing and policy development body. The Board consists of both Member Directors and Public Directors.
NFA has a number of committees that offer guidance on its rulemaking and other initiatives.
NFA leadership includes officers and individuals who represent NFA's key functional areas.
Mandatory membership is the cornerstone of NFA's regulatory structure, and makes effective industrywide self-regulation possible.
NFA is primarily financed with payments from membership dues and fees, and from assessment fees paid by Members and users of the derivatives markets.
NFA is a member of the Joint Audit Committee (JAC) which is a voluntary, cooperative organization comprised of a number of derivatives exchanges and NFA.
The Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) requires certain firms and individuals that conduct business in the derivatives industry to register with the CFTC. CFTC regulations also require, with few exceptions, CFTC registered firms to be NFA Members. The CFTC has delegated registration responsibility to NFA.
The essence of self-regulation involves identifying industry best practices in certain areas and then mandating those practices for the entire industry.
NFA develops and enforces rules, provides programs and offers services that safeguard market integrity, and helps Members meet their regulatory obligations.
To enforce its rules, NFA takes disciplinary actions against Members when appropriate.
NFA strives to provide a number of Member education initiatives to help Members understand their regulatory responsibilities.
NFA offers an affordable and efficient arbitration program to help customers and Members resolve futures-related and forex-related disputes.
NFA offers a variety of resources to help investors perform due diligence prior to making any investment decisions.
NFA offers training to regulators, exchanges or self-regulatory organizations from around the world on an as-requested basis.
NFA provides regulatory services to designated contract markets (DCM) and swap execution facilities (SEF)—each of which has self-regulatory responsibilities to monitor trading on its platform.
Board Update Videos
Learn about NFA's latest initiatives by watching the quarterly Board Update Videos.
Read NFA's current and past Annual Reviews.
Membership Totals and Directories
See NFA membership totals and a list of Member directories.
NFA's Information Center representatives are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.