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NFA believes that investor protection begins with investor education. Before participating in the futures or foreign currency markets, investors should learn as much as they can about how the markets work and the firms and individuals they are doing business with. To help investors perform due diligence before making any investment decisions, NFA provides a variety of resources, including:

Several investor publications that explain the purpose of the futures industry and the role we play in ensuring market integrity;

Opportunity and Risk

Online learning programs that explain the basics of trading futures, options on futures and foreign currency;

Online Learning Program

The Background Affiliation Status Information Center (BASIC), a web-based system that allows individuals to check the registration status and disciplinary history of every firm and individual registered to conduct futures trading business with the investing public, and review selected FCM financial information;


A free, quarterly electronic Investor Newsletter; and

NFA Investor Newsletter

Investor alerts issued to address specific topics of interest to futures and foreign currency traders.

Check Broker / Firm Information (BASIC)

You can check the registration status and disciplinary history of any futures firm or individual.

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File a Complaint

You can file a complaint online. Be sure to include as much information as you can.

File a Complaint

Subscribe to Receive Free Investor Newsletter

Subscribe to receive NFA communications such as Notices to Members, press releases and Web updates via email.

NFA is the premier independent provider of efficient and innovative regulatory programs that safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets.
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