Publications

The CFTC continually strives to provide effective information and tools to help consumers avoid fraud. Below are some helpful resources on these topics. Bulk orders of certain publications are available free to organizations. If you have questions about any of these resources, please contact [email protected]. These publications should not be resold.

Brochures

What is a Bitcoin ETF?

A bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) issues publicly traded securities that offer exposure to the price movements of bitcoin futures contracts. [PDF]

The CFTC’s Role in American Agriculture

By fostering fair, well-functioning markets, the CFTC plays a critical role in ensuring prices reflect actual supply and demand forces in the U.S. agricultural economy. [PDF]

Commodity Futures Trading Commission - Overview

The mission of the CFTC is to promote the integrity, resilience, and vibrancy of the U.S. derivatives markets through sound regulation. [PDF]

Before Investing in Commodity Pools

Consider the pros, cons, and managers carefully. Also be sure you receive and review all mandatory disclosures. [PDF]

How to Protect Yourself from Fraud

Criminals target experienced investors to steal their savings. They’re crafty and good at what they do. Learn how to spot the tactics fraudsters use and how to check qualifications, disciplinary histories, and registrations. [PDF]

Advisories

Customer Advisory: Be Alert and Share Information to Help Seniors Avoid Fraud

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the CFTC reminds the public that fraud criminals often target the life savings of older adults. Here are three recent frauds targeting seniors, and steps you can take to protect yourself or others. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: Avoid Forex, Precious Metals, and Digital Asset Romance Scams

Fraudsters are using dating apps, social media, and messaging app “wrong numbers” to lure victims into trading scams. Read how they do it and get 10 tips to protect yourself and your money. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: Understand Risks and Markets before Reacting to Internet Hype

Speculative trading is always risky, but mixing it with unfamiliar markets, leverage, and advice from anonymous individuals online could be a recipe for disaster. Here are seven things to consider before placing any trade that involves commodity futures or physical commodities like precious metals. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: Beware of Gold and Silver Schemes Designed to Drain Your Retirement Savings

Some unregistered gold and silver dealers are advising investors to use relaxed retirement plan distribution rules in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to buy precious metals. But customers should talk to qualified retirement, tax, or legal advisors first. [PDF]

Customer Advisory: Learn About Risks Before Investing in Commodity ETPs or Funds

Trading vehicles that use futures contracts or other commodity interests may be organized as exchange-traded products or mutual funds, but that does not necessarily mean they will behave like traditional exchange-traded funds or mutual funds that invest in stocks, bonds or other asset classes. [PDF]