The Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) regulates the trading of commodity futures in the United States. Passed in 1936, it has been amended several times since then. The CEA establishes the statutory framework under which the CFTC operates. Under this Act, the CFTC has authority to establish regulations that are published in title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
For convenience, we provide the following links to the CEA and related documents:
- Access the Commodity Exchange Act on the Cornell University Law School Website
- Commodity Exchange Act Conversion Chart
- CEA Cases are a list of cases from the CFTC’s predecessor agencies with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- CFTC regulations are found at Title 17 Chapter I of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and are available at the U.S. GPO Access website.
- Prior to promulgation and inclusion in the CFR, CFTC proposed and final regulations are published in the Federal Register.
- CFTC Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions - Semiannual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions from Reginfo.gov
- Select "Commodity Futures Trading Commission" in the “Select Agency” box and click “Submit.”
- For background on the Unified Agenda, click on the “About the Unified Agenda” link located above the “Select Agency” box.