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
Leading expertise in softs, 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.
Our analysis takes a deep dive into the coffee market and how there is a large disconnect between flat price movements and spreads. The macroeconomic issues are causing the flat price to consolidate and whipsaw around, as the spreads highlight the low inventory and tight fundamentals. Currency risk and higher rates have dominated markets as the global economy slows, but where do we see prices heading?
Monthly commentary covering the FX markets, providing insights on recent developments on select currency pairs. This month we look into the Norwegian economy as the Norges Bank chose to reduce its pace of tightening. We highlight key trends for the economy which became the largest producer of oil and gas in Europe, following the cut-off from Russia.
The macroeconomic outlook is deteriorating, and in our view, Europe and the UK are in recession already, and the US will be 6 months behind. Higher interest rates, in conjunction with elevated energy and electricity prices, are squeezing households’ disposable income, and new mortgage rates are considerably higher and are now a fixed cost to the consumer. We expect end-user demand to decline, and this will have an impact across the whole supply-chain; although material availability is poor for metals with bonded and exchange warehouses low in stock, this will lead to a dislocated market and volatile price action in spreads, while the macro impacts the flat price. The 20th Party Congress has ended, and their COVID policy is here to stay. As a result, sentiment in China has declined, and if the output of refined materials rises, this will put further pressure on prices. The Fed has increased the rates by 75bps with 50bps to come, but investors are looking at where they pivot, and any dovish language will cause a selloff in the dollar, giving rise to metals prices. If Chinese demand returns and the dollar weakens, this could present significant volatility and price rises, compounded inflationary pressures.
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?