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The CFTC Glossary
A Guide to the Language of the Futures Industry

http://www.cftc.gov/ConsumerProtection/EducationCenter/CFTCGlossary/index.htm

Because the acronyms of many words and phrases used throughout the futures industry are not readily available in standard references, the Commission's Office of Public Affairs compiled a glossary to assist members of the public.

This glossary is not all-inclusive, nor are general definitions intended to state or suggest the views of the Commission concerning the legal significance, or meaning of any word or term. Moreover, no definition is intended to state or suggest the Commission's views concerning any trading strategy or economic theory.

Glossary of Acronyms


U.S. Federal Law

CEA
Commodity Exchange Act of 1936
Dodd-Frank Act
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010
FARM BILL
Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
FECA
Federal Employees' Compensation Act
FFMIA
Federal Financial Management Improvement Act
FISMA
Federal Information Security Management Act
FMFIA
Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act
FSRIA
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002
GPRA
Government Performance and Results Act

CFTC Divisions and Offices

DCR
Division of Clearing and Risk
DMO
Division of Market Oversight
DOE
Division of Enforcement
DSIO
Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight
OCE
Office of the Chief Economist
ODT
Office of Data and Technology
OED
Office of the Executive Director
OGC
Office of the General Counsel
OIA
Office of International Affairs
OIG
Office of the Inspector General
WBO
Whistleblower Office

U.S. Federal Departments and Agencies

CFTC
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
DOL
U.S. Department of Labor
DOT
U.S. Department of Transportation
GAO
Government Accountability Office
IRS
Internal Revenue Service
OMB
Office of Management and Budget
OPM
Office of Personnel Management
SEC
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Other Abbreviations

AP
Associated Person
APR
Annual Performance Report
CDS
Credit Default Swaps
CME
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
COT
Commitments of Traders
CPF
CFTC Customer Protection Fund
CPO
Commodity Pool Operator
CSRS
Civil Service Retirement System
CTA
Commodity Trading Advisor
DCM
Designated Contract Market
DCO
Derivatives Clearing Organization
DSRO
Designated Self-regulatory Organizations
EEMAC
Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee
FASAB
Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
FSB
Financial Stability Board
FB
Floor Broker
FCM
Futures Commission Merchants
FBOT
Foreign Board of Trade
FERS
Federal Employees' Retirement System
FOREX
Foreign Exchange Currency
FSA
U.K. Financial Services Authority
FSOC
Financial Stability Oversight Council
FT
Floor Trader
FTE
Full-time Equivalent
FWC
Future Workers Compensation
FY
Fiscal Year
GAAP
U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
GAAS
Generally Accepted Auditing Standards
GAGAS
Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards
IB
Introducing Broker
IOSCO
International Organization of Securities Commissions
IT
Information Technology
LIBOR
London Interbank Offered Rate
LSOC
Legal Segregation with Operational Commingling
MD&A
Management's Discussion and Analysis
MSP
Major Swap Participants
NFA
National Futures Association
ORB
Other Retirement Benefits
OTC
Over-the-Counter
RFED
Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer
SAAS
Software-as-a-Service
SD
Swap Dealer
SDR
Swap Data Repository
SEF
Swap Execution Facility
SES
Senior Executive Service
SIDCO
Systemically Important DCO
SIFMA
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
SRO
Self-Regulatory Organization
SFFAS
Statement of Federal Financial Accounting Standards
TAC
Technology Advisory Committee
TIA
Tenant Improvement Allowance
UK
United Kingdom
US
United States

 

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