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Strategic Goal One

Protect the public and market participants by ensuring market integrity, promoting transparency, competition and fairness and lowering risk in the system.

Photo showing board displaying market price volatility.

Net Cost: $48.4 Million

Staffing: 172 FTE

Derivatives markets are designed to provide a means for market users to offset price risks inherent in their businesses and to act as a public price discovery platform from which prices are broadly disseminated for public use. For derivatives markets to fulfill their role in the national and global economy, they must operate efficiently and fairly, and serve the needs of market users. The markets best fulfill this role when they are open, competitive and free from fraud, manipulation and other abuses such that the prices discovered on the markets reflect the forces of supply and demand.

The Commission strives to assure that Goal One is effectively met through the combined use of four oversight strategies: 1) review of new contracts and rules, and changes to existing contracts and rules; 2) continual surveillance of trading activity in the futures and swaps markets; 3) review of regulated exchanges, DCMs and SEFs, to ensure that they are fulfilling their self-regulatory obligations; and, 4) adoption of policies and strategies to promote market transparency.

Accomplishments related to progress in achieving this goal include:

Goal One performance measure results are depicted in the following table:

Goal One Performance Results
  # of Measures1 Exceeded Met Not Met
Goal One 11 0 1 10
% of Total   0% 9% 91%
  Left arrow. 9% Right arrow.  
1 Excludes 2 performance measures categorized as "Not Applicable" for FY 2011. (back to text)


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