The CFTC’s Office of Consumer Outreach continually strives to provide effective information and tools to help consumers avoid become better traders and investors. Below are some helpful resources on these topics. If you have questions about any of these resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. These publications should not be resold.
A consumer education resource about the perils of Ponzi schemes written by Commissioner Bart Chilton. Ponzimonium is also available as a free eBook download from the Government Printing Office and other eBook retailers.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is the federal government agency that regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets.
|Foreign Currency Trading Fraud - (PDF)||The Forex market is volatile and carries substantial risks. It is not the place to put any money that you cannot afford to lose, such as retirement funds, as you can lose most or all of it very quickly.|
|Precious Metals Fraud - (PDF)||The CFTC wants to inform you about tricky promises of easy profits from rising prices in precious metals such as gold, silver, palladium, and platinum.|
|Commodity Pool Fraud - (PDF)||The CFTC wants you to be aware of a type of fraud that involves individuals and firms offering investments in commodity pools.|
|Reparations Program - (PDF)||The CFTC regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets. As part of that responsibility, the CFTC has instituted a Reparations Program.|
|Whistleblower Program - (PDF)||The CFTC regulates the commodity futures, commodity options, and swaps trading markets. As part of that responsibility, the CFTC has instituted a Whistleblower Program.|
Findings from a survey of a segment of pre-retirement investors. This research was designed to test a series of messages and content targeting investors who are prime targets for investment fraud.