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A global energy shift

A global energy shift: how US shale production is shaping a new world order

March 1, 2015

US shale production has significantly altered the landscape of the global energy market. Ahead of the Institute of International Finance's annual spring meeting in Qatar, James King looks at how OPEC is responding to this seismic shift.

CDB president prepares for future storms

CDB president prepares for future storms

August 1, 2014

The financial crisis hit the Caribbean hard, with the region only recently starting to recover. Now that the worst is over, the president of the Caribbean Development Bank is looking to build a more sustainable future, encouraging projects that minimise the effects of natural disasters and develop the region's renewable energy potential.

The London Gold Fix: crossing the regulatory Rubicon?

May 27, 2014

A regulatory over-reaction to allegations of gold market manipulation could deal a fatal blow to the commodities trading desks of investment banks that are already in retreat.

Enrique Peña Nieto

Mexico's banks poised to reap the rewards of new reforms

January 2, 2014

The swathe of new reforms being proposed by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto have the potential to open up new avenues of business for the country's banks, both large and small.

Swift’s chief executive Gottfried Leibbrandt

Swift's chief executive discusses Sibos agenda

September 3, 2013

Ahead of the annual Sibos conference, The Banker’s editor Brian Caplen discusses the event’s agenda with Swift’s chief executive Gottfried Leibbrandt. They consider the impact of inbound regulations, the rise of new technologies, the big data challenge, emerging market growth and the wider economic picture.

Opportunities abound in African agriculture

Cropping up: Opportunities abound in African agriculture

June 3, 2013

Africa’s agricultural sector may still be underdeveloped, but it is growing as investors increasingly seek to exploit local and regional sources of demand and develop the continent’s processing capacity. A greater provision of banking services is also helping.

Holding their line: just two banking groups – JPMorgan and Société Générale – hold Ring-dealer status  on the London Metal Exchange after Barclays resigned its seat at the end of 2012

Commodities brokers move to fill the gaps

June 3, 2013

The withdrawal of some banking groups from commodities trading has created opportunities for independent brokers, but regulation, automation and competition still make it a challenging business.

Commodities players battle to stay the course

Commodities players battle to stay the course

June 3, 2013

Long-only commodities funds suffered poor returns in 2012 and investment banks saw their revenues squeezed, but there are still growth opportunities.

What future for the CFTC?

April 29, 2013

The reauthorisation of the US regulator should be a formality, but the combination of Dodd-Frank implementation and the MF Global failure have made for a deeper discussion of the agency’s future.

commodities finance TEASER

Emerging market banks stake claims in commodities

December 3, 2012

With balance sheet clean-ups continuing in Europe and the US, banks in emerging markets have grabbed the opportunity to forge stronger relationships with local commodity producers. 

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