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The CFTC and Issues in Commodity Futures
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Editors: Derek H. Bennett
Book Description:
Congress created the Commodity Futures Trade Commission (CFTC) in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and options markets in the United States. The CFTC's mission is two-fold: to protect the public and market users from manipulation fraud, and abusive practices; and to ensure open, competitive and financially sound markets for commodity futures and options. These markets play a critical role in the U.S. economy by providing risk management tools that producers, distributors, and commercial users of commodities use to protect themselves from unpredictable price changes. The futures markets are also designed to discover prices that accurately reflect information on supply, demand and other factors. This book examines the different issues surrounding how commodity-index futures trading is addressed by various laws and regulations and their effect on commodity prices; the regulation of energy derivatives; an overview of commodity swap dealers and index traders; and the economic purpose of the futures markets and how they work.

This book consists of public documents which have been located, gathered, combined, reformatted, and enhanced with a subject index, selectively edited and bound to provide easy access.

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Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Written Testimony of Jeffrey Harris, Chief Economist and John Fenton, Director of Market Surveillance before the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, Committee on Agriculture, pp. 1-17
(Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

Chapter 2. Regulation of Energy Derivatives, pp. 19-24
(Mark Jickling, Specialist in Financial Economics, Government and Finance Division, (CRS))

Chapter 3. Primer on Energy Derivatives and their Regulation, pp. 25-31
(Mark Jickling, Specialist in Financial Economics, Government and Finance Division, (CRS))

Chapter 4. Speculation and Energy Prices: Legislative Responses, pp. 33-60
(Mark Jickling, Specialist in Financial Economics, Government and Finance Division, and Lynn J. Cunningham, Information Research Specialist, Knowledge Services Group, (CRS))

Chapter 5. Staff Report on Commodity Swap Dealers and Index Traders with Commission Recommendations, pp. 61-122
(Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

Chapter 6. Written Testimony of Acting Chairman Walter Lukken before the House Committee on Agriculture, pp. 123-129
(Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

Chapter 7. Issues Involving the Use of the Futures Markets to Invest in Commodity Indexes, pp. 131-147
(Written Testimony of Orice M. Williams, Director of Financial Markets and Community Investment before the House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture, (GAO))

Chapter 8. Does Speculation Affect Spot Price Levels? The Case of Metals with and without Futures Markets, pp. 149-173
(George M. Korniotis, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System)

Chapter 9. The Economic Purpose of Futures Markets and How They Work, pp. 175-182
(U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission)

Chapter Sources pp.179-180

Index pp.181-188

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   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 188.pp
   ISBN: 978-1-61668-219-4
   Status: AV
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