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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

The Glossary of Acronyms for this report is intended to assist the public in understanding some of the specialized words and phrases used in the futures industry since many of these terms are not found in standard reference works. This glossary is not inclusive, and if you cannot find the term you are looking for or have any other comments, please let us know at questions@cftc.gov.

Definitions are not intended to state or suggest the views of the Commission concerning the legal significance or meaning of any word or term and 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
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
DODD-FRANK ACT
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010
FMFIA
Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act
FR
Federal Register
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 Chief Economist
ODT
Office of Data and Technology
OED
Office of Executive Director
OGC
Office of General Counsel
OIA
Office of International Affairs
OIG
Office of Inspector General
OITS
Office of Information Technology Services
WBO
Whistleblower Office

U.S. Federal Departments and Agencies

CFTC
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
GAO
U.S. Government Accountability Office
NARA
National Archives and Records Administration
OFR
Office of Financial Research
OMB
Office of Management and Budget
SEC
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
USDA
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Other Abbreviations

ACF
Alternate Computing Facility
AFR
Agency Financial Report
APR
Annual Performance Report
BC-DR
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
BPAC
Budget Program Activity Code
CBOT
Chicago Board of Trade
CDS
Credit Default Swap
CFO
Chief Financial Officer
CME
Chicago Mercantile Exchange
COSRA
Council of Securities Regulators of the Americas
CPO
Commodity Pool Operator
CPSS
Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems
CRFC
Core Referenced Futures Contract
CTA
Commodity Trading Advisor
DCE
Designated Clearing Entity
DCM
Designated Contract Market
DCO
Derivatives Clearing Organization
ESMA
European Securities Markets Authority
EVS
Employee Viewpoint Survey
FBOT
Foreign Board of Trade
FCM
Futures Commission Merchant
FILAC
Filings and Actions
FOREX
Foreign Exchange Currency
FRB
Federal Reserve System
FSA
Financial Services Authority
FSAP
Financial Sector Assessment Program
FSB
Financial Stability Board
FSOC
Financial Stability Oversight Council
FY
Fiscal Year
HR
Human Resources
IB
Introducing Broker
IMF
International Monetary Fund
IOSCO
International Organization of Securities Commissions
ISS
Integrated Surveillance System
IT
Information Technology
LIBOR
London Interbank Offered Rate
LSOC
Legal Segregation with Operational Commingling
MSP
Major Swap Participant
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
NFA
National Futures Association
NFC
National Finance Center
OCR
Ownership Control Reporting
ODRF
OTC Derivatives Regulators Forum
OPERA
Organizations, Products, Events, Rules, and Actions
OTC
Over-the-Counter
PCS
Personnel Clearance System
RER
Rule Enforcement Review
RFA
Registered Futures Association
RFED
Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer
RSR
Regulatory Statement Review
SAAS
Software-as-a-Service
SD
Swap Dealer
SDR
Swap Data Repository
SEF
Swap Execution Facility
SIDCO
Systemically Important Derivatives Clearing Organization
SOA
Service Oriented Architecture
SPARK
Stressing Positions at Risk
SPFI
Summary of Performance and Financial Information
SRO
Self-Regulatory Organization
SSE
System Safeguard Examination
UK
United Kingdom
US
United States
VCMS
Vendor Contact Management System

 

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