Steel and Iron Ore
Established market access
We provide execution and clearing for cash-settled and physically delivered futures, options and swaps in the steel and iron ore markets, for both exchange and OTC traded contracts.
Iron ore producers, steel mills and traders benefit from our access as a Category 1 LME member, and from our membership of many other exchanges and clearing houses. We can help you lock in revenue, secure long-term prices to fix input costs, or protect physical positions against price falls.
Our steel & iron ore services
- Execution and clearing services
- Direct electronic trading access
- OTC and exchange traded contracts
- Expert hedging risk-management assistance
Industrial Commodities Team
The team provides both voice and electronic futures and options execution and clearing for clients trading metals and other industrial commodities, including energy. They also provide services for softs and agriculturals, FX and other financial markets.
The team works for producers, consumers, fabricators and traders, financial institutions and hedge funds, as well as investors in the commodity futures and options markets. Skills and experience range from open-outcry trading floors, commodity brokerages and banks, to operations and support roles. Given the nature and complexity of the markets, particularly the London Metal Exchange (LME), the desk provides additional liquidity, also enhanced by direct access to our ring team.
With the extraordinary industrial and financial market growth in China and surrounding regions, we have expanded our footprint in Asia. Today we have arguably the largest team of Chinese-speaking LME specialists in London, supported by experts at our Hong Kong subsidiary, ensuring round-the-clock support and essential local knowledge. We now serve a wide range of clients with differing needs, from those looking to fix and protect against commodity price risks, to financial institutions looking to access a wide range of financial instruments.
The rally we saw in Q4 2022 and the first weeks of 2023 has stalled, as China's re-opening has not triggered a large increase in consumption and is a services play, as well as the Fed remaining hawkish on rates. The dollar has firmed, causing metals to weaken, highlighting the fragility of the move higher. Spreads are in contango, Chinese prices are mostly in discount, and weaker premiums suggest a cautious market. A soft landing in the U.S., would boost sentiment, but fundamentally Chinese demand needs to return to sustain a meaningful rally. We believe stimulus measures in China are likely to be targeted at services and the consumer, capping consumption. Markets are macro-focused at the moment, and with the near-term outlook uncertain, upside moves are unlikely to be sustained until demand returns in a meaningful way.
Our analysts provide an insight into the Electric Vehicle and Battery Material Market. They give an update on how the energy industries in major regions are transitioning towards renewable alternatives, new policies to support EV sales, and a fundamental outlook for Nickel, Cobalt, and Lithium. Supply-chain bottlenecks and strong EV consumption have meant a sharp increase in the prices of materials and chemicals. Will this continue?
Monthly commentary covering the FX markets, providing insights on recent developments on select currency pairs. This month we look at economic activity in Scandinavia, focusing on Sweden and Norway. The USD has firmed in recent weeks as the Fed became more hawkish, what does this mean for SEK, and NOK?