• commodity market

    A commodity market is a market that trades in primary rather than manufactured products. Soft commodities are agricultural products such as wheat, coffee, cocoa and sugar. Hard commodities are mined, such as gold, rubber and oil. Investors access about 50 major commodity markets worldwide with purely financial transactions increasingly outnumbering physical trades in which goods are delivered. Futures contracts are the oldest way of investing in commodities. Futures are secured by physical assets. Commodity markets can include physical trading and derivatives trading using spot prices, forwards, futures, and options on futures. Farmers have used a simple form of derivative trading in the commodity market for centuries for price risk management.

  • futures brokerage

    An firm who solicits futures and options orders, commodity customers, or customer funds.  A futures brokerage is often referred to as a commodity brokerage; it can be either a futures commission merchant (FCM), or an Introducing Broker (IB).  The terms commodity broker, and futures broker, are synonymous.  Such a commodity broker is also an options broker (options on futures)  An FCM is a brokerage firm registered with the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) that has the ability to hold margin funds for clients and facilitate the clearing of trades with futures exchanges. An Introducing Broker is a firml that solicits and accepts futures orders from customers but does not accept money, securities or property from the customer. An IB must be registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and must carry all of its accounts through a futures commission merchant on a fully disclosed basis.

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