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.
For Financial Institutions
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 October report, the trend has changed, and we saw coffee prices strengthen, and the weather is now our main concern. In this coffee crop update, we assess the development of macroeconomic and consumer habit factors and provide our crop number estimates to help gauge the coffee price outlook.
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?
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?
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.