futures commission merchant

Definition

An individual or organization accepting orders to buy or sell futures or futures options. A person or organization in this role needs to be certified by the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission. A futures commission merchant has a role in the futures market similar to that of a broker in the securities market. In addition to accepting buy or sell orders, the futures commission merchant can also hold their client's money or securities in margin accounts in accordance with the rules of the exchange on which they are trading.
The work of a futures commission merchant may also occasionally be carried out by a full service broker.

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If you are going to be doing a lot of trading you may want to have a futures commission merchant on your staff.

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You may want to try and make sure that you keep in touch with a good futures commission merchant to get a good deal.

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The futures commission merchant was really smart and we thought that he must have studied hard to become so efficient at what he did.

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