DEFINITION of 'Commodity Exchange Act - CEA'

An act passed in 1936 by the U.S. Government that provides federal regulation of all futures trading activities. This act replaced the Grain Futures Act of 1922.

BREAKING DOWN 'Commodity Exchange Act - CEA'

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) was created as a result of the CEA to monitor the U.S. futures and options markets.

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