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One of the more depressing trends in the futures industry during recent years has been the decline in futures commission merchants (FCM).

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s commission merchant (FCM) population was shrinking. Many names I was familiar with from the trading floors in Chicago were gone
The first question is whether to build or buy. When so much remains unclear, buy becomes the strategic option; not only is it cheaper, but it's more effective too.
It’s ironic that I’m writing this on the day the insurance study commissioned by the industry after the MF Global and PFG blow ups was released. Ironic because if implemented in some form, it would mean more costs and more rules for futures commission merchants (FCMs) and probably their customers.
We surveyed some of the best futures commission merchant leaders in the business to get a state of the business review. Here are their responses.
December Editor's Note from Ginger Szala.
After years of dealing with low interest rates, new regulations and rebuilding client confidence, futures commission merchants are ready to break out and start doing what they do best: Executing trades and hopefully making money.
November Editor's Note from Ginger Szala.