Regulation & Security

How is FTX US Derivatives Regulated? 

FTX US Derivatives is a U.S. federally regulated exchange and clearinghouse. FTX US Derivatives holds three licenses with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC):

  • Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO)
  • Designated Contract Market (DCM)
  • Swap Execution Facility (SEF)

These licenses enable us to operate our exchange and clearinghouse in all 50 states in the US (including its territories), with access to certain international jurisdictions.

What is the CFTC?
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is an independent federal agency of the U.S. Government and oversees and regulates derivatives markets, including swaps, options and futures on bitcoin and ethereum.  

What is a Clearinghouse?
Clearinghouses hold and monitor risk in the regulated financial system, ensuring counterparties can meet the financial obligations represented by their positions. FTX US Derivatives maintains a Derivatives Clearing Organization (DCO) license issued by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which authorizes us to clear fully-collateralized futures, options on futures, and swaps (which include options on commodities).

All trades executed on FTX US Derivatives DCM are cleared by the FTX US Derivatives DCO.
How does FTX US Derivatives handle custody for US dollars?
Cash is held in custodial accounts at Silvergate Bank. View digital asset custody and insurance information
How does FTX US Derivatives custody digital assets?
We partnered with BitGo to provide multi-signature wallet services. Click here to learn more about Custody & Insurance.
Does FTX US Derivatives undergo financial and security audits?
FTX US Derivatives has undergone independent annual audits covering financials, cybersecurity systems, internal control mechanisms, and more.
  • Anti Money Laundering (AML): Ernst & Young staff conducted a full analysis and review of our OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) procedures and AML processes, strategy, policy, controls and related technologies
  • Financial Condition: Grant Thorton audited FTX US Derivatives’ financial condition and expressed an unqualified opinion (i.e., clean bill of health) that our financial statements were presented fairly, in all material respects, in accordance with US GAAP accounting principles.
  • Digital Currency: Because we custody bitcoin on behalf of our clients, Grant Thorton conducted a thorough examination of how we hold digital assets
  • Security: Praetorian, a trusted name in cybersecurity, performed an Information Technology (IT) Security Risk Assessment that evaluated the effectiveness of FTX US Derivatives’ existing security controls.
  • Internal Controls: Friedman LLP, a well-known auditor in digital currency accounting, conducted an audit of our internal controls (technically known as a SOC I Type II Audit) to ensure that they are operating effectively and appropriately protecting client data.
  • Onsite IT systems: Every year, the CFTC examines one aspect of our operations with a special emphasis. Last year, this examination covered our onsite systems and safeguards.


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