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Accessing the market

The only organisations able to trade contracts on the LME are its member firms. However, you do not have to be an LME member to trade on the LME. Clients who have successfully opened an account with an LME member are able to trade with and through them to access the market.

Prospective users of the Exchange can be assured that they are dealing with professional, recognised and experienced trading firms who are fully regulated for the capital and conduct of their business. Regulation of the market is carried out by the LME, while the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority are responsible for regulating the business of LME members.

Members buy and sell futures and options contracts on behalf of customers and themselves.

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Members can trade electronically using LMEselect via Independent Software Vendors (ISV), as well as Ring and telephone trading.

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