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Futures and Options

Whatever the time zone or continent, ICAP brings customers superior access to virtually all exchange-traded futures and options contracts via our membership of all the major derivatives exchanges.

Our international reach to all buyers and sellers in the global marketplace provides our customers with the best opportunities to conclude transactions that are suitable to their business needs. This is combined with world-class customer service, reliable, user-friendly products and efficient, competitively priced brokerage.

From banks and insurance companies to global macro and hedge funds, CTAs, pension funds and other active investors, our customers use the growing array of futures and options contracts to hedge an exposure or express a view, manage portfolio risks or pursue incremental returns.

Our range of derivatives services encompasses every facet of the trading process, from analysis and commentary through execution to post trade portfolio administration.

Customers can trade with ICAP over the telephone or by using a range of electronic trading mechanisms. We put the firm’s exchange memberships at customers’ disposal with an assortment of DMA and multiple ICAP supported trading portals.

Functioning as a wholesale broker, ICAP does not take proprietary positions and therefore always acts in the best interests of the customer.

Richard Browne
Tel: +44 (0)20 7050 7632

Sep Alavi
Tel: +1 212 815 9697

Middle East
Sharaz Hussain
Tel: +44 (0)20 7532 3979

Asia Pacific
Richard Vine
Tel: +65 6831 0876

ICAP24 has the capability to offer a global coverage of futures and options, 24 hours a day from one London desk. We offer a team that can be approached for information, flow and trade ideas as opposed to simple execution – real brokers covering equities, fixed income, energy, softs, aggs, metals and FX futures and options.

With cutting-edge in-house software in the equity and fixed income space, ICAP24 is able to trade inter- and intra-exchange spreads as individual orders, optimising every potential price improvement available to the customer.

24 Hour Desk Commentaries

Market Updates



ICAP provides actionable analysis and regular trade ideas which are highly regarded and have a successful track record. These focus on market direction, calendar spreads, volatility analysis, yield curves and a variety of dynamic and innovative hedging structures for exchange traded products.

Recent examples

Blue Euribor Upside

Bunds – Downside Protection

Latest P&L Update

Market Commentary

ICAP also compiles concise, insightful reports summarising flow and trading activity as well as the developments that drive world markets, together with detailed analysis of macroeconomic trends and wide-ranging forecasts.

Recent examples

Global Update

Short Rates Snapshot

ICAP Strategy in the Media

ICAP’s strategists appear regularly in the media providing incisive analysis of market developments and clear, actionable views.

Market Pulse: Leave the punch bowl! Europe’s VIX at 5-yr low
Thomson Reuters: Insider

Market Pulse: A Gallic shrug for French downgrade
Thomson Reuters: Reuters Insider

Market Pulse: Anti-austerity protests leave buyers on strike
Thomson Reuters: Insider

Bloomberg: ICAP favours core bonds


ICAP utilises QuikStrike, an option pricing, analysis and global collaboration tool. This platform allows the analysis of trade risk with simulations, stress tests and portfolio management tools.

Real Time Data

ICAP provides pricing information such as real time volatility updates via Bloomberg for the following products;

  • Eurodollar
  • Euribor
  • Short Sterling
  • Mid-Curves
  • US/TY/FV/TU – US 30s/10s/5s/2s
  • RX/OE/DU – Bund/Bobl/Schatz

Data Analysis

ICAP also offers detailed volatility and skew analysis on a daily basis for US interest products to further enhance market colour: