Commodity & Futures Brokers & Traders – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
- Market size and major product and service segments
- Key industry statistics, trends, and financial ratios
- Operating conditions and current performance
- Competitive landscape and environment
- Major company profiles and market shares
- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
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
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:
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.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
Commodity Contracts Brokers and Dealers
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- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
RMA Annual Statement Studies
Commodity Contracts Dealing
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
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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.
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.
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.
Business Valuation Resources
Financial Planners & Investment Advisors
Stock Brokers and Broker-Dealers
Venture Capital Firms
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