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Eastern promise

As commodities demand moves to Asia, will banks follow?

December 13, 2010

The statistics are clear: commodity demand is moving east, and fast. For the moment, the bulk of trading and price-setting is done out of New York and London, but will banks, exchanges and physical trading houses move east as well? Joanne Hart reports

Growing need: Rapid industrialisation and urbanisation has made China a major importer of copper

Famine or feast?

December 10, 2010

For more than a decade, commodity markets have attracted increasing levels of investment, a trend that accelerated when returns from equity markets fell away in the financial crisis. Jim Banks asks what Asia's growing appetite means for commodities in the future: will investment lead to oversupply, or will demand from rapidly growing nations mean scarcity and price hikes?

Banks increase physical assets

December 8, 2010

The drive for a cap on position limits in the derivatives markets has led investment banks to increase their presence in the lucrative physical markets. Writer Geraldine Lambe

Food for thought

Who will satisfy commodity companies' hunger for finance?

December 8, 2010

Commodity companies are big and getting bigger, a fact that has not gone unnoticed within global capital markets. David Wigan assesses how the financial needs of these global behemoths are being met.

Building on more stable ground

August 29, 2010

Fluctuations in oil prices have almost spelt catastrophe for Nigeria over the past year. The future of the country's oil industry now looks more secure, but the lessons of the past year have emphasised how important it is for Nigeria to strengthen its non-oil economy. Writer Daniel Maalo

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Breaking down the barriers to energy finance

July 27, 2010

Substantial barriers impede investment in the infrastructure required to meet the global surge in energy demand over coming years. It is critical to break down these barriers, otherwise the world faces a potentially bleak and very dark future.

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Qatar's shining example

May 27, 2010

The rapid expansion of Qatar's energy sector has given a huge boost to the country's economy - and the financial sector has been making the most of the opportunities presented by this activity. Writer Stephen Timewell

Reform casts a shadow

May 27, 2010

When the Lincoln Bill was passed by the US Senate Committee and sent to the House of Representatives for debate, shockwaves ran through the US financial community. If passed, it would, among other things, close access to the Federal Reserve support window or a bailout for derivatives houses. Commodity derivatives are a huge business for banks, and the potential impact on their businesses is cataclysmic. Writer Joanne Hart

Back to basics in the commodities market

May 27, 2010

Investors looking to use structured products to access the commodities markets have been forced to learn some harsh lessons in the crisis, as have the private bankers that sold them the products in the first place. Writer Charlie Corbett

Metals volatility sparks opportunity

May 27, 2010

When iron ore pricing moved in March from its historic benchmark pricing structure to the spot market, users warned that prices could double. As steel and auto companies accused mining companies of unfair pricing practices, banks moved to develop new hedging products to help them manage price volatility. Writer Suzanne Miller

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