Our weekly newsletter is out, and this week we’re breaking down the players in the futures industry. These days, the futures industry has been in the spotlight in a way we’ve never seen. Granted, we can think of better reasons to pay attention to our corner of the world, but the enhanced attention to our space has highlighted another issue â€“ the fact that the public, at large, has little understanding of the futures industry in general. From reporters referring to FCMs as brokers, to the press using the term managed futures funds, to a seemingly never ending stream of questions related to what, exactly, an FCM does, it appears that the only thing that’s clear is a desperate need for clarity.
Understanding the distinctions between various actors in this space is important to both investors and media alike. It can help provide guidance on who to work with, and what to be thinking about when making investment decisions. It’s also pretty critical to establishing a wider understanding of the significance of what’s been happening in our industry. So let’s break it down â€“ who the players are, who they answer to, and how those roles might be evolving in the coming months and years. To see the full breakdown on our site, click here.
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