Full steam ahead for FFAs

The freight derivatives market has attracted an influx of new players recently thanks to the spread of clearing. With more banks and hedge funds poised to enter, Roderick Bruce looks at what opportunities the market offers and how it needs to develop next

Interest in the freight derivatives markets is on the rise once again. After suffering flagging volumes from mid-2004 through to early 2006, trade has picked up in both wet and dry markets over the last year.

Rising volumes of forward freight agreements (FFAs) can undoubtedly be attributed to the spread of clearing, which has attracted more participants into the market and in turn opened up new opportunities. As well as giving smaller players with poorer credit ratings a way in to the market

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