Interest in physically backed exchange-traded gold products boomed last quarter on the back of counterparty risk fears. But the industry is divided on what impact the surge of inflows had on the physical gold market's prices. Could the same effect now...
Commodity traders are increasingly aware of the need to squeeze greater profits from existing business activities. One oft overlooked tool for doing this is the P&L 'explain', write Akhil Sehgal and Anup Singh
Record results for first-quarter 2009 commodity trading driven by competitive dynamics, wider margins and liquid transactions
Volatile commodity prices and heightened counterparty credit risk concerns saw dealers and brokers faced with unprecedented challenges during the past year. But some market participants have turned the upheaval to their advantage. Ben Marquand reports
Commodity-focused hedge funds have faced a torrid past nine months, suffering large losses and widespread redemptions. Yet some funds, notably relative-value arbitrage strategies, have performed better than most. By Richard Jackson
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The world’s biggest commodity exchanges continue to expand the range of products they offer, often into diverse commodity classes. Rachel Morison looks at the benefits and drawbacks for traders as commodity exchanges branch out beyond their traditional...
The financial crisis turned 2008 into an unforgettable year. The 2009 commodity rankings reveal those who triumphed despite adversity. By Roderick Bruce, with research by Xiao-Long Chen
UBS topped the precious metals categories of this year's Risk commodity rankings, while Societe Generale won base metals, in a year dominated by volatile prices, illiquid markets and counterparty credit concerns. By Donna Haws, with research by Xiao-Long...
The shipping industry has suffered huge losses in recent months, with the Baltic Exchange Dry Index sinking 94% between May and December last year. What are the knock-on effects for the developing freight derivatives market? Christopher Whittall investigates
Market turmoil and political pressure are forcing the US CFTC to consider implementing new derivatives regulation or face potentially draconian rules imposed by Congress, write Gregory Mocek and Athena Velie
2008 was a rollercoaster year for Europe's energy markets. Roderick Bruce interviews trading CEOs and other senior executives to see how they envisage Europe's gas & power markets developing in the year ahead
Arc is offering a simple growth product linked to three commodities and weighted relative to their performance. Returns will be subject to capital gains tax, and capital is protected at maturity
Barclays Bank is offering a link to 14 commodities and one commodity index which allows investors to take a stake in the rise of the main commodity subsectors while also providing a natural hedge against inflation