Commodity Trading Advisor
When a person or any firm gives people advice regarding commodity trading futures and options and charge them for it, then they termed as Commodity Trading Advisor.
The individuals or firms has to register with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, otherwise they will not be legally labeled as a commodity trading advisor (CTA).
The registration should be done according to the Commodity Exchange Act, 1936. This act was introduced to superintend the futures and options markets in a better way. However, registration is not needed for those advisors who have already registered themselves with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an investment advisor. Some world famous commodity trading advisors are, the RAM Management Group, Hyman Beck & Company, Inc., TYL Trading LLC, Dreiss Research Corporation, Forecast Trading Group, Paragon Capital Management to name a few.
The commodity trading advisors who manage accounts should submit the disclosure documents to the SEC and maintain the records regarding client activities. An individual having separate accounts for different clients must register as a CTA.