Softs and Agriculturals
A wide range of tailored trading solutions
We offer comprehensive execution and clearing services for all key futures and options contracts on European and US exchanges, alongside expert hedging and risk-management assistance and facilitation for softs and agricultural commodities. This remains a core area of expertise, having been our foundation in 1973 as part of Sucden, one of the world’s leading soft commodity trading groups.
We provide our services to corporations, traders, processors, producers, financial institutions and hedge funds, as well as investors active in the commodity futures and options markets.
- Futures and options contracts on European and US exchanges
- Comprehensive execution and clearing services
- Expert hedging and risk management assistance
- Market insights
- Multiple trading solutions
Our sugar, cocoa and coffee teams specialise in execution and clearing services for all key London and New York contracts. They include multilingual individuals with extensive experience and expertise in futures and options. The teams’ overall knowledge and understanding of the softs business, from both a producer and trade-house perspective, is highly regarded in the industry. Our teams of brokers can help tailor hedging strategies to both identify and manage the particular price and market risks you face.
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 Fund Services team is made up of seasoned market professionals with decades of expertise that will help you navigate and understand the array of products and services available.
We provide specialist access to over 20 exchanges covering listed financial, equity, commodity and FX futures and options, as well as access to cash fixed income and OTC FX. Offering both electronic (FIX) API and voice-execution solutions, we provide trade assistance and liquidity sourcing for an extensive range of markets through a single access point.
We have a strong history of dealing with a wide range of financial institutions, both as clients and as counterparties. This includes banks, proprietary trading firms, hedge funds, pension funds and asset managers. We can customise solutions for execution and clearing, sourcing liquidity, or providing prime brokerage services.
From the outset, we have evolved our solutions and services to meet a wide variety of the need of large corporations, taking care to fully understand their aims and objectives. Our long-term corporate clients take comfort from our capabilities, financial strength and stability, together with the support of the Sucden Group.
Read our short coffee crop update, with commentary on recent price activity, and coffee market forecasts to take advantage of market movements. Since our last report in March 2023, coffee prices have remained broadly unchanged, above 170cts/lb, but the story remains centred around Brazil. Certified stocks have seen a considerable decline, further drawing down on available inventory from the region. While this should have been supportive of higher prices, futures have remained broadly unchanged. As we head into the harvesting period for Arabica, we begin to assess the outlook for the 23/24 crop in this report.
Monthly commentary covering the FX markets, providing insights on recent developments on select currency pairs. As Beijing continued to boost confidence in the market through stimulus support, particularly through a property boost, stocks in Asia continued to sour. Markets whipsawed in anticipation of policy from the July Politburo meeting, but the optimism reversed rapidly as the pro-growth messaging failed to deliver swift and forceful actions. Cheaper valuations and expectations of more stimulus are giving investors reasons to be optimistic again, and in this report, we look at both the HKD and CNY currency pairs to assess the impact of most recent government decisions to prop up Chinese economic performance.
Our FX Options Report contains commentary and analysis covering OTC currency option pricing, volatility and positioning. Silver has traded range bound in recent months, following gold prices, on the back of fluctuating US Treasury yields as the markets tried to predict the path of the Fed’s monetary policy. Given a pause in monetary tightening at the central bank’s meeting last Wednesday, what’s the outlook for silver in the coming months?
In the previous quarter, expectations shifted from a pause in the central bank tightening cycle to further rate increases in July and potentially later in Q4 2023. As we move away from central bank-centric rhetoric, economic growth and consumer performance will be key in driving the risk sentiment across the board. Still, China's stimulus outlook remains critical to the longer-term narrative for metals this quarter. Sentiment has been improving as signs emerged that regulators are working to follow through on the promises made at the most recent Politburo meeting. However, markets remain cautious about the scale of support, and any positive news seems short-lived. As a result, the positive stimulus is more likely to solidify support levels than boost bullish sentiment in the near term.
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?
China held the National People’s Congress in early March, drawing thousands of delegates to the biggest reshuffle of China’s economic policy team. In this note, we look at the impact of the latest NPC meeting to help gauge the mark of new policies on longer-term economic prospects from the region.