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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.

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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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Green energy feels the chill

December 3, 2012

Tighter bank financing, falling government subsidies and rising US shale gas production are all putting the squeeze on the renewable energy industry.

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Merchant traders adapt to new financial landscape

December 3, 2012

Despite well-publicised retrenchment in commodities finance by some European banks, merchant trading companies are still able to find sources of funding expand their business lines.

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ECB relieves pressure on commodities finance

December 3, 2012

The worst of the liquidity squeeze on eurozone banks has eased conditions for commodities finance during 2012, but the business still faces significant challenges.

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On the road to self-sufficiency? The US's energy glut

September 3, 2012

Thanks to shale drilling, the US is brimming with cheap gas and has turned itself into one of the world’s fastest-growing oil producers. Most analysts now expect it to be all but energy independent within 15 years, shattering mainstream assumptions from as recently as five years ago. The implications for global energy markets and geopolitics are profound. 

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Commodity correlation causes headache for investors

June 1, 2012

Once purchased as a way to diversify out of equities, commodities appear to have become an extension of other risk assets. However, this state of affairs may not be permanent.

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