Futures Commission Merchant (FCM) Registration

A futures commission merchant (FCM) is an entity that solicits or accepts orders to buy or sell futures contracts, options on futures, retail off-exchange forex contracts or swaps, and accepts money or other assets from customers to support such orders. If you are soliciting or accepting orders to buy or sell retail off-exchange forex contracts and accepting money or assets from retail customers, the firm would need to be designated as a Forex Dealer Member and comply with requirements outlined on the Forex Dealer Member landing page.

Registration is required for an FCM unless the entity:

  • Handles transactions only for the firm itself, firm's affiliates, firm's top officers, or firm's directors; or
  • Is a non-U.S. resident or firm with only non-U.S. customers and submits all trades for clearing to a CFTC-registered FCM.

All registered FCMs must be NFA Members.

Registration Requirements for FCMs

To register as an FCM and become an NFA Member:

Registration Requirements for Principals and Associated Persons (AP) of FCMs

An FCM is required to file the following for its principals (one of whom must be designated as the FCM's Chief Compliance Officer) and associated persons

An application fee for principals and APs is not required if the individual is currently registered with the CFTC in any capacity or is listed as a principal of a current CFTC registrant. Only one application fee is required if the individual is filing an application as both an AP and Principal. One principal must be an AP. One principal of a forex FCM must be a forex AP. One principal of a swap FCM must be a swap AP.

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