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For Immediate Release
October 2, 2007

For more information contact:
Karen Wuertz (312) 781-1335,
Larry Dyekman (312) 781-1372,

NFA launches online learning program to help investors learn the opportunities and risks inherent in trading futures

October 2, Chicago - National Futures Association (NFA) announced today that it has developed an online learning program for individuals who want to learn about the opportunities and risks inherent in exchange-traded futures. Individuals can access the program through the Investor Learning Center section of NFA's Web site (

"With the increase in electronic trading capabilities and the introduction of new products, the futures markets are more accessible to individual investors who are looking for new risk management options," says NFA's Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Communication Karen Wuertz. "We have developed this training program to introduce futures trading to these individuals, stressing both the risks involved and the need for due diligence."

The program is based on NFA's publication "Opportunity and Risk: An Educational Guide to Trading Futures and Options on Futures." The interactive, self-directed program consists of four modules explaining how futures contracts are traded, who regulates the U.S. futures markets, the various ways individuals can participate in futures trading and steps individuals should take before opening a futures trading account. The program also contains a series of quizzes to help reinforce basic concepts and a complete glossary of terms related to futures trading.

"NFA has always been committed to protecting investors in the futures markets," says Wuertz, "and we believe that investor education is the key to investor protection. This new online learning program is the latest addition to our investor education initiatives."

NFA has also produced an online learning program related to off-exchange foreign currency (forex) trading. All of NFA's educational programs and publications can be found in the Investor Learning Center section of NFA's Web site.

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

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