Futures Basics

The National Futures Association (NFA) is responsible for regulating and monitoring all futures activity within the United States of America.

Learn about the open outcry system used in the trading pits to call out orders.

The spot price or spot rate is the actual price of a security at an exact moment in time. Unlike futures which estimate the value of a security "x" days in the future, traders use this value to gauge the current supply and demand of a security

The Commodities Futures Trading Commission was founded in 1975 and is empowered by the U.S. government to monitor and regulate trading of futures contracts.

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