Dry FFA market volume surges in April

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Jeremy Penn
Jeremy Penn

Figures compiled by the Baltic Exchange show that April 2015 was the busiest month of the year for the dry bulk freight derivatives market.  In excess of 140,000 lots were traded in the Forward Freight Agreement (FFA) and options markets, a 60% increase on average volumes for the first three months of 2015.

Commenting on the rise, Baltic Exchange Chief Executive Jeremy Penn (pictured) said: “Unlike previous rises in the FFA market, this has come against a backdrop of very low spot rates in the physical shipping market. Much of the rise was driven by a surge of interest in Capesize options, 40,000 of which were traded in April.”

The Baltic Exchange’s electronic trading platform, Baltex, which provides a block trade facility for brokers to report trades being cleared at LCH. Clearnet saw more than 66,000 lots reported via its systems.

April 2015 volume statistics (lots per side) – Cape Options: 40,260; Panamax Options: 4,050; Supramax Options:120; Total Options: 44,430; FFAs: 99,625; FFA + Options: 144,055.