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Agricultural Customer Resources

Many agricultural producers use the futures and options markets to hedge against falling prices and maximize their bottom lines. Whether you’re new to using futures and options as risk management tools or an old hand, here are a number of checklists, articles and resources that can help you learn more about the markets, risk management planning, and avoiding problems or bad actors. Learn more about protections for agricultural customers.

 

Bitcoin and Digital Currencies
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Pump-and-dump schemes occur in the largely unregulated cash market for virtual currencies and digital tokens, and typically on platforms that offer a wide array of coin pairings for traders to buy and sell. Learn the warning signs and how these schemes operate.
Bitcoin and Digital Currencies
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Use extra caution when considering trading advice, products or services touted on social media. It’s easy for fraudsters to create a profile that hides their true identity, or use multiple profiles to promote their schemes. Find out what to look for, and how to avoid getting lured into their frauds.
Binary Options Fraud
These websites commonly are operated in other countries with fake U.S. addresses. They also regularly feature unreasonable claims of “wins” or big returns, phony testimonials, and fake social media comments.
Binary Options Fraud
The number of binary option trading websites has increased significantly in recent years, and so have the number of fraud complaints related to them.
Binary Options Fraud
Mobile apps make finance more convenient, but some binary option trading apps may be linked to unregistered offshore platforms. Here’s what to watch for.
Spot and Avoid Fraud
Not all educational seminars, web courses, or training software can deliver the A+ results they promise. Before you pay for classes or training materials, try out these free resources first.
Spot and Avoid Fraud
The CFTC’s Reparations Program provides a forum to address complaints and resolve disputes between registered commodity futures trading professionals and their customers.
Binary Options Fraud
It’s perfectly normal for investors to test out new strategies. But be careful. There are seemingly “easy” or “low-cost” or “low-risk” offers popping up online that are actually frauds designed to drain money from investors’ accounts.
Commodity Pool Fraud
These frauds commonly involve individuals and firms that are often unregistered and advertise false claims of high profits and low risk.
Commodity Pool Fraud
Trading futures through a commodity pool may have some benefits, but make sure the pool and its operators are properly registered.
Forex
There has been a sharp rise in forex trading scams in recent years. Learn signs of potential fraud and the tactics fraudsters commonly use. 
Forex
Be on guard for ads that tout high returns with low risk, or high paying careers trading forex.
Precious Metals
Owning gold, silver, platinum, or palladium may sound appealing, but cold calls, promises of easy profits, and “financing agreements” could be signs of fraud.
Precious Metals
Gold is often pitched as a safe port in the storm, but precious metals prices can be volatile and past performance is a poor predictor of future returns.
Spot and Avoid Fraud
Beware of promises of easy profits from commodity futures and options based on seasonal demand and other well-known public information.
Unregistered Sites and Advisers
Websites that fraudulently promote commodity trading systems and advisory services are on the rise. Watch out for sites that tout trading signals or systems with unrealistically high returns and little risk.
Unregistered Sites and Advisers
No trading system can guarantee profits. Before trading, check to see if the broker and trading platform are properly registered with the CFTC.
Unregistered Sites and Advisers
There are plenty of groups and discussions that tout trading signals, systems and platforms. Before you sign up and make an initial deposit, be sure the brokers or advisers are registered.
Spot and Avoid Fraud
If you've been harmed by fraud, taking these steps may help you avoid further financial losses, and help with the recovery process.