Clarksons Platou Futures

  • $7.4bn

     Notional value of FFA market in 2012
    (Billion US $)

  • 1st

     FFA traded in 1991 - by CPF

  • 25

     Number of staff

  • 14

     Languages spoken at CPF

Through Clarksons Platou Futures we offer comprehensive FFA (Forward Freight Agreement) and specialist commodity derivative broking services to shipping companies, banks, investment houses and other institutions seeking to manage freight exposure by increasing or reducing risk

We evaluate a client's total portfolio of contracts, identify the market and counterparty risks and help them in their decision to adopt bespoke risk management solutions.

Having pioneered the first freight derivative products in the early 1990s, we still dominate the market and have a deserved reputation for sound consultation and best-in-class execution.

Alex Gray
CEO Clarksons Platou Futures

FFAs are financial instruments traded on a principal-to-principal basis, primarily against the timecharter averages for Capesize, Panamax, Supramax and Handysize vessels. Our dedicated freight options team is also able to provide a full range of options' strategies, tailored to individual client requirements.

Building on our success with FFAs, in the last decade we have expanded our team to one of the largest in the sector and extended our expertise into new areas including iron ore swaps which enable banks, traders, producers and consumers to manage risk and exposure to one of the world's largest dry bulk trades.

Multinational, multilingual and with a rare blend of youth and experience, the team is based in London and Singapore.

Alex Gray
CEO Clarksons Platou Futures

It includes people drawn from mainstream shipping who have first-hand knowledge of the physical shipping markets as well as those who have trained in the financial sector and know how those markets operate. This combination gives us unrivalled expertise and knowledge - essential ingredients in our ability to help clients realise their objectives in this fast-moving and volatile business.

Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, we are a founder member of the FFA Brokers Association and apply the highest levels of oversight to all aspects of the business.

FFAs are not for private clients.

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  • FFA: Another day dominated by the DCE IO currently struggling to break away from 700. Swaps and spot both easing a touch with mar last 85.65

  • FFA: positivity as IO market again finds new highs. DCE trading at 712.5 (eqv 103.5 USD) but phys spot lagging with TSI index $91.8 +4.8

  • FFA: rather dull start to the day was seen off by late burst of buying which saw curve push up $1.50, march closing at 81.75 and q2 78.35

  • FFA: China back in mkts. liquidity back in abundance. Heavy selling order of the day with the May DCE dropping 50.5rmb to close out 611.5.

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