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Commodity and Futures Brokers and Traders

SIC 6221 | NAICS 523130 & 523140

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Commodity Dealing & Brokerage  (view report)
Stock & Commodity Exchanges  (view report)

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

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast

Trafigura Limited
The Economics of Commodity Trading Firms

Research paper provides an overview of the commodity trading business and the firms that operate within this sector, with topics covered in this document including trading basics, risk categories and management, and trading firm financing, liability structures, public versus private ownership, role as financial intermediaries, asset ownership by investment category, and potential for systematic risk.

National Introducing Brokers Association
NIBA Journal

Online news source features news and information for introducing brokers (IBs), commodity trading advisors (CTAs), commodity pool operators (CPOs), and associated persons (APs) who work with broker-dealers, with content categories covered by this source including business development, risk management, operations, marketing, managed futures, FX currency swaps, and trading technology.

Futures Industry Association
Publications available from this trade association include:

MarketVoice Magazine
Quarterly trade journal provides comprehensive coverage of key issues and trends in the exchange-traded and cleared derivatives markets on a worldwide basis, with topics covered in this publication including operations, risk management, exchange-traded and over-the-counter clearing market data, technological innovations, new products and services, and legal, legislative, and regulatory matters.

FIA Exchange Volume Reports
Monthly trading volume reports for futures and options traded and/or cleared at over 80 exchanges worldwide provide year-over-year comparisons for trading volume by contract category and region, with categories covered in these reports including agricultural, metal, energy, equity index, interest rates, and currency. Annual volume report is included in the March issue of MarketVoice magazine.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Federal government regulatory agency provides an extensive selection of reports, publications, and other materials covering various aspects of the futures and swaps markets, with content categories including news and events, market data and analysis, industry oversight, fraud protection, and legal and regulatory matters. All reports, publications, and other reference materials are available online.

National Futures Association

Independent self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry provides a comprehensive selection of information resources for this sector, with content sections including news and notices, registration, compliance, electronic filings, investor information, arbitration and mediation, regulation, broker and firm information, swaps information, and market regulations for swap execution facilities.

Financial Ratios and Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Commodity Contracts Brokers and Dealers  Search for "5231"

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  Search for "523130"

Annual financial statement analysis provides common-size income statements, balance sheets, and financial ratios by company size based on net sales and total assets for companies that buy and sell commodity contracts such as futures, options, and other financial derivatives for their own accounts, with examples of commodities covered by these contracts including corn, cotton, crude oil, and gold.

Commodity Dealing and Brokerage
(see links for individual reports)

Financial information section of this report provides an analysis of costs and profits as a percentage of revenue by major income and expense category for companies that trade commodity derivatives, such as futures, forwards, swaps and options, for their own accounts or act as agents in arranging such transactions on a commission or transaction-fee basis for individual and business customers.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this financial sector, with occupational categories covered by the survey including securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents who buy and sell spot or futures commodity contracts or options for their own accounts or carry out these transactions on behalf of individual and business customers.

Commodity Trading

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for selected job positions such as commodities trader, junior trader, trading assistant, software engineer, and support technician, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including Glencore, Plc, Susquehanna International Group, L.L.P., Mitsui & Co., Ltd., The Gavilon Group, LLC, and Olam International Ltd.

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