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French banks

Eurozone troubles bring commodities market squeeze

December 1, 2011

As the eurozone crisis rages on, the commodities markets, long reliant on European banks for financing, have been thrown into a state of instability that is having major repercussions across the industry.

Commodities supp teaser

Do speculators help or hinder the commodities markets?

December 1, 2011

With global food prices hitting a record high in 2011, debate about the role of speculators in causing these spikes continues to rage. Is the 'financialisation' of commodities markets here to stay?

Are commodity currencies coming off the boil?

October 3, 2011

Commodity currencies have posted record gains in the past two years, fuelled by spiralling demand for food and materials. But some of these countries are now struggling to offset runaway inflation, and the rate of inflows is such that central banks are becoming increasingly helpless to reverse the pressure on their currency. 

Morgan Stanley's Glencore team

Morgan Stanley digs deep to pass Glencore challenge

August 1, 2011

The listing of Swiss commodity trading and mining group Glencore caused a few headaches for joint global coordinator Morgan Stanley. However, the impressive list of investors it helped secure shows that there is a big global appetite for commodities.

Mozambique's Moatiza mine

Mozambique looks beyond mega projects

August 1, 2011

Mozambique’s economy is booming and unlikely to slow down anytime soon. But the majority of the growth is down to its abundant natural resources, which has not trickled down to the bulk of the population. The government is now focusing on boosting the rest of the economy.

Ghana

Ghana vows to avoid oil curse

June 30, 2011

The discovery of oil has turned Ghana into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Ghana knows it has plenty to do to ensure the commodity remains a blessing but the early signs are good.

Ghana's cocoa industry

Ghana keen to diversify while the going's good

June 30, 2011

Ghana is making plenty of effort to diversify its economy. But cocoa, gold and oil will have the biggest impact on the economy in the coming years, so for now the country is reaping the benefits of high global prices for these commodities.

Petrobras is looking at the euro and sterling markets more closely

Petrobras eyes euro and sterling markets

June 30, 2011

Brazilian oil company Petrobras is planning to take advantage of the changing world order in currency terms by reducing its reliance on the US dollar in favour of the euro and sterling markets.

The Commodity Supercycle

Do rising commodities prices signify a world of change?

June 1, 2011

While some are playing down the continuance of the commodities supercycle, others say pressure on prices and a shortage of resources are here to stay, with the knock-on impact on the growth rates of the developed and developing worlds.

Copper as a collateral

China's rising taste for copper as collateral

June 1, 2011

Copper’s role as an indicator of the pace of China’s industrialisation. But how worried should the market be about the build up of copper stocks in China’s bonded warehouses? 

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