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Record oil prices and the associated impact on global inflation may have captured the headlines in recent months, but it is just one element of the boom that has reverberated through the commodities market. Metal prices have also soared, with many - including aluminium, copper and nickel - touching record highs in recent years.

Sitting in the middle of an explosion in metals trading is the London Metal Exchange (LME), the 131-year-old bourse that focuses on non-ferrous metals such as aluminium,