Author Archives: FFA Experts

About FFA Experts

Clarkson Platou Futures, the pioneer of the forward freight agreement (FFA), is now the leading broker of dry FFAs and iron ore swaps

The last knot

Regular readers will know that one of my passions is fishing. At this time of year, I spend a disproportionate amount of time reading books, blogs and magazine articles on fishing in preparation for an annual trip to the rivers … Continue reading

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The wrong sort of populism

This time next week I will be in Northern France visiting the Normandy beaches and museums to learn more about the D-Day landings.  Five of us, who all grew up together, discussed this last year after a fine dinner and … Continue reading

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India – it’s now!

Coming towards us down the narrow street was a taxi, two tuk tuks, a handcart, a cow and 3 scooters. Our driver, a man with a cheery smile, big moustache but limited English, turned to us; “driving in India you … Continue reading

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To finish first, you first need to finish

In recent weeks I have been reflecting on the advice given to Alex Thompson, the Britain who narrowly missed coming first in the Vendee Globe round the world yacht race; “In order to finish first you first need to finish.” … Continue reading

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Squeezed in

I am sure I am not alone in feeling a bit over-stuffed post-Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and ate some delicious food, drank more than I should have, did less exercise than usual and generally over-indulged in … Continue reading

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Reflections and other things we should never do

At the turn or every year, I analyse the predictions of most of the financial press to understand which companies they expect to outperform in the year ahead. If one company appears in more than one of these articles, I … Continue reading

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The French and fireworks

It is easy to fall into the trap of smugness in Christmas preparation which usually precedes the uncomfortable realisation that something essential has been forgotten. Mindful of this, and recalling the New Year fireworks of years gone past that had … Continue reading

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Prepare to travel

Some weeks ago I was talking to someone who had voted to leave the EU in the recent referendum who was asking about employment prospects for his son in the City. It was a tricky conversation in which I only … Continue reading

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My money is on Trump

As a nation we are incredibly good at believing what we are told in the press, which makes the whole subject of Donald Trump an awkward one. If you provide such a limitless supply of ridiculous and offensive statements, the … Continue reading

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It’s Marmite

In recent years Marmite has come to mean more than just a thick black paste from an oddly shaped jar with a unique flavour that is spread on toast. Loved by some, loathed by others, it has crept into the … Continue reading

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