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Improve your investing strategy with these important tips, lists, and guides on preventing fraud and smarter investing from the Office of Customer Education and Outreach. For the latest information on CFTC Enforcement Actions, visit the Enforcement Action Press Release page.

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CFTC Adds 71 New Names to RED List

Investor Articles / Published on April 27, 2017

We recently added 71 new names to our Registration Deficient (RED) List, a resource that helps traders identify foreign entities that are not registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), but appear to be operating in a capacity th...


Beware of Binary Options Mobile Apps

Investor Articles / Published on April 26, 2017

Mobile apps make finance more convenient than ever. You can check your holdings, your daily earnings, or make a trade while waiting for a table at your favorite restaurant, all from the palm of your hand. Unfortunately, anytime there is money invol...

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Join Us, NFA, SEC, and FINRA for Avoiding Fraud Webinar on Monday

Investor Articles / Published on April 21, 2017

On April 24, the CFTC’s Office of Customer Education and Outreach will join the National Futures Association, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation for a webina...


How the CFTC’s Reparations Program Helps Customers Resolve Disputes

Investor Articles / Published on March 24, 2017

Checking to make sure a financial professional is registered is a good way to help avoid fraud. It also is your key to knowing that if fraud or other problems come up, you may have a way to resolve the dispute. The CFTC’s Reparations Program provid...

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Find out How to Protect Your Investments at The MoneyShow Orlando!

Investor Articles / Published on February 2, 2017

The CFTC SmartCheckSM team will be at The MoneyShow Orlando to talk to investors and help them run background checks on their financial professionals. Attendees can find us in the exhibit hall at Booth #613. Stop by and pick up helpful materials or h...