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Summary of CFTC Mission Statement, Strategic Goals & Outcomes

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Mission Statement

The mission of the CFTC is to protect market users and the public from fraud, manipulation, and abusive practices related to the sale of commodity futures, options and swaps, and to foster open, competitive, and financially sound commodity futures, options and swaps markets.


Goal One
Ensure the economic vitality of the commodity futures, options and swaps markets.


  1. Markets that accurately reflect the forces of supply and demand for the underlying commodity and are free of disruptive activity.
  2. Markets that are effectively and efficiently monitored to ensure early warning of potential problems or issues that could adversely affect their economic vitality.
Goal Two
Protect market users and the public.


  1. Violations of Federal commodities and swaps laws are detected and prevented.
  2. Commodity professionals meet high standards.
  3. Customer complaints against persons or firms falling within the jurisdiction of the Commodity Exchange Act are handled effectively and expeditiously.
Goal Three
Ensure market integrity in order to foster open, competitive, and financially sound markets.


  1. Clearing organizations and firms holding customer funds have sound financial practices.
  2. Commodity futures, options and swaps markets are effectively regulated.
  3. Markets are free of trade practice abuses.
  4. Regulatory environment is responsive to evolving market conditions.
Goal Four
Facilitate Commission performance through organizational and management excellence, efficient use of resources, and effective mission support.


  1. Productive, technically competent, competitively compensated, and diverse workforce that takes into account current and future technical and professional needs of the Commission.
  2. Modern and secure information system that reflects the strategic priorities of the Commission.
  3. Organizational infrastructure that efficiently and effectively responds to and anticipates both the routine and emergency business needs of the Commission.
  4. Financial resources are allocated, managed, and accounted for in accordance with the strategic priorities of the Commission.
  5. Commission’s mission is fulfilled and goals are achieved through sound management and organizational excellence provided by executive leadership.


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