Social Media Regulation & Managed Futures Industry

Futures Magazine Publishes Article on Social Media by Bart Mallon

In this month’s issue of Futures Magazine I wrote a featured article about the legal and regulatory issues that managers in the futures industry face with respect to the use of social media. The article, Social Media Considerations for Financial Firms, provides a broad overview of the many issues which managers should be aware of when utilizing social media in any sort of marketing campaign. Specifically the article discusses the NFA rules which member firms must follow and also discusses some best practices and common deficiencies.

I believe that the article comes at an important time – managers

are using social media more often to communicate with clients.  These managers are also using various platforms to communicate and market to potential clients.  The necessity of creating compliance programs with respect to these activities has been clearly communicated to the managed futures community by the NFA and we have written a number of posts on the use of social media. Many of these posts are informed by information provided to the NFA either through more formal discussions or informally at

various conferences. The posts include:

We recommend that NFA member firms implement robust compliance policies with respect to the use of such media. Additionally, these programs should be reviewed and revised, as appropriate, on a periodic basis to respond to new marketing and communication practices and any guidance promulgated by the NFA or CFTC.


Bart Mallon’s is a managing partner at Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP and his practice focuses on the hedge fund industry. He routinely works with managers who trade commodities and futures on corporate and regulatory matters. He can be reached through our contact form or by phone at 415-868-5345.