commodities futures, dispute resolution, National Futures Association, arbitration


The commodities futures industry is experiencing rapid growth and a consequential rise in disputes between industry professionals and customers. In response to the growing number of disputes, the industry offers customers several methods for resolution, including the recently added National Futures Association (NFA). The NFA fills a gap in previously available forums, as it offers a much needed uniform and nationwide system of arbitration with jurisdiction over multi-exchange disputes. This Note suggests that requiring the exchanges to refer disputes to NFA and to include NFA as the forum for arbitration in pre-dispute arbitration agreements would greatly enhance the effectiveness of this new arbitration forum.



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