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ICE Joins Other Industry Leaders to Provide Free Market Education

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has joined as a backer of the Futures Fundamentals — an industry-wide educational initiative supported by the IFM, CME Group, CME Foundation, FIA, National Futures Association, among others. ICE operates 12 regulated exchanges and marketplaces. This includes ICE futures exchanges in the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the New York Stock Exchange.

About Futures Fundamentals

Industry Joins Forces to Launch Education Resource

The CME Group, CME Group Foundation, FIA, National Futures Association and the Institute for Financial Markets have joined forces in support of free, online derivatives education, providing interactive tools, a trading simulator and curriculum for a wide variety of audiences. This new free resource found at our website Futures Fundamentals helps learners of all levels understand how futures and options markets work, and why they matter to Main Street and you.

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With offices in Washington, London, Brussels and Singapore, FIA is the global trade organization for the futures, options and centrally cleared derivatives markets.

NFA Basic

NFA’s BASIC provides background information about firms and individuals in the derivatives industry; as well as regulatory and non-regulatory actions.

CFTC Smartcheck

CFTC SmartCheck offers access to free tools to check the background of financial professionals and stay informed on the latest fraud schemes.

Futures Fundamentals

Free education: Learn the ins and outs of the complex but vital futures marketplace.