The Role of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Under the Commodity Futures

After a brief look at the functions of futures markets, the conditions that led to the enactment of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Act, and the major provisions of the Act, this note will critically examine the information now available on the major issues left to the Commission to decide, point to additional information that would be useful in making judgments on these issues, and recommend solutions. It will then discuss two problems not considered in the 1974 legislation–export controls and margin oversight–suggesting areas for action by the Commission.