Strategic Goal One
Protect the public and market participants by ensuring market integrity, promoting transparency, competition and fairness and lowering risk in the system.
Net Cost: $48.4 Million
Staffing: 172 FTE
Derivatives markets are designed to provide a means for market users to offset price risks inherent in their businesses and to act as a public price discovery platform from which prices are broadly disseminated for public use. For derivatives markets to fulfill their role in the national and global economy, they must operate efficiently and fairly, and serve the needs of market users. The markets best fulfill this role when they are open, competitive and free from fraud, manipulation and other abuses such that the prices discovered on the markets reflect the forces of supply and demand.
The Commission strives to assure that Goal One is effectively met through the combined use of four oversight strategies: 1) the review of new contracts and rules and changes to contracts and rules; 2) continual surveillance of trading activity in the futures and swaps markets; 3) the review of regulated exchanges, DCMs and SEFs, to ensure that they are fulfilling their self-regulatory obligations; and, 4) the adoption of policies and strategies to promote market transparency.