The furore over physical commodity trading

Mark Pengelly - Energy Risk

In the wake of the financial crisis, opponents of the banking industry are always eager to find new sticks with which to beat the villains of Wall Street. The latest one they have stumbled upon is banks' participation in physical commodities.

On July 19, the US Federal Reserve Board issued a statement saying it was reviewing a 2003 determination that paved the way for banks to increase their involvement in the transport and storage of physical commodities. Separately, Goldman Sachs and Morgan St

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