About Us

About R.W.Dow Corporation

Our objective is to give our clients the assurance that we are here for them, minding their interests and concerns. In serving clients, our dedication employs instruction, proprietary methodology and problem solving strategies gained from the wisdom of our experience in the markets.


In 1986, Rodney W. Dow founded Dow International Energy Corporation, an independent introducing broker (IB) firm.

By the early 1990s, banks were becoming more involved with the commodity sector for trade finance and other related commercial services. Recognizing this shift as a significant new trend, the Dow IB negotiated its acquisition by Citicorp in July 1991, thus founding the first US bank-owned FCM (Futures Commission Merchant) to clear non-financial physical commodity futures for commercial and institutional hedgers.

In 1995, Mr. Dow left Citicorp to establish a new independent IB, The Dow Corporation, dedicated to the premise that commodity clearing firms are not interchangeable. They differ from each other in ways that can significantly impact the customer’s experience and results. He saw the value of matching each customer to the appropriate FCM to better accommodate the customer’s specific needs.

As an innovator in the development of the energy futures industry for over three decades, Mr. Dow has commanded a broad range of disciplines. During the course of his career, he has been actively involved with more than a handful of major Wall Street firms. His knowledge and expertise covers most aspects of the business, including sales, marketing, analysis, trading, pit execution, arbitrage, operations, physical delivery and regulatory compliance.

As a member of the New York Mercantile Exchange for fourteen years, he has served on numerous NYMEX committees. Currently Mr. Dow sits as a Public Member for the CME Group Business Conduct and Probable Cause Committee for both the NYMEX and COMEX Divisions. He is also a board member of the National Introducing Brokers Association (NIBA) as well as a member of the National Futures Association IB Advisory Committee. This depth of experience in the industry enabled Mr. Dow to build one of the largest independent IBs in the United States and to deliver unique value to clients.
In 2019, pursuant to the breakup of DowDuPont, The Dow Corporation negotiated with the chemical giant to change its name in the corporation registry of the State of Delaware. The new name of the IB, R.W. Dow Corporation, entered into commercial use in April of 2019. There are no material changes to the company structure, financial condition or regulatory status.


What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet.
-William Shakespeare