Coal facing changes

Coal derivatives trading is gaining popularity among coal consumers, producers and financial institutions in Europe, according to a recent survey of market players. Cyriel de Jong and Kasper Walet discuss the study’s results

Trading activity in the European financial coal markets has surged in the last few years, spurred in large part by dramatic changes in physical supply and demand and unexpected price volatility. Trading volumes in European swaps rose eight-fold in the years from 2001 to 2004 and, if the current trend persists, the present 800 million metric tonnes traded annually will double within three to five years.

In addition, coal trading is increasingly being seen as part of an energy risk management

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