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Commodity and Futures Brokers and Traders

SIC 6221 | NAICS 523140

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Financial Information and Financial Ratios

Compensation and Salary Surveys

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Commodity Dealing and Brokerage  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

National Introducing Brokers Association
NIBA Journal
Online trade journal features news and information for introducing brokers (IBs) and commodity trading advisors (CTAs), with topics covered including operations, compliance, marketing, trading technology, briefings, and member news and announcements. All articles from the journal are available free online.

Futures Industry Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

MarketVoice Magazine
Bimonthly professional trade journal provides comprehensive coverage of key issues and trends in the futures, options, and cleared swaps markets, with topics covered including operations, risk management, exchange-traded and over-the-counter clearing, technical innovations, new products and services, and legal, legislative, and regulatory issues. Selected articles from current and prior issues of the magazine are available online.

FIA Exchange Volume Report
FIA provides monthly trading volume reports for futures and options traded and/or cleared at more than 80 exchanges worldwide, with year-over-year comparisons provided for total volume, volume by category and region, derivative exchanges, exchange groups, and major asset classes (e.g., agriculture, energy, equity index, interest rates, metals, currency). Annual report is also included in the March issue of its magazine.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
U.S. government regulatory agency provides an extensive selection of reports, publications, and other reference materials covering various aspects of the commodity futures markets, with content categories including market reports, consumer protection, industry oversight, international markets, and legal and regulatory matters. All reports, publications, and other reference materials are available free online.

National Futures Association
Independent self-regulatory organization for the derivatives industry provides a comprehensive selection of information resources for this sector, with content categories including news center, registration, compliance, electronic filings, investor information, arbitration and mediation, regulation, broker and firm information, and swaps information. All publications, documents, and other reference materials are available free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Commodity Contracts Brokers and Dealers  Search for "523130" and "523140"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Commodity Contracts Dealing and Brokerage  Search for "523130" and "523140"
Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial ratios for companies in this financial services sector. Report includes five years of historical data with the most recent year's data broken out by sales and assets size range. Sample report can be viewed online.

IBISWorld Industry Research Reports
Commodity Dealing and Brokerage

Cost structure benchmarks section of these reports provide an analysis of industry costs and profits as a percentage of revenue by income and expense category (e.g., purchases, wages, depreciation, marketing, rent and utilities, other expenses, and earnings before interest and taxes) and includes commentary on trends and expectations for specific categories. Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

Compensation Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Information resources available from this organization include:

Occupational Outlook Handbook -
Securities, Commodities, and Financial Services Sales Agents
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

Occupational Employment and Wages -
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for occupations in this financial services sector on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median, upper/lower quartiles, and upper/lower deciles. All information is available free online.

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