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Competitive natures

November 27, 2009

The competitive landscape has been redrawn by the crisis, with collapsed firms being snapped up and others retrenching. Commercial banks are taking a larger piece of the pie, writes Suzanne Miller.

Commodities: Banks brace for commodities rules

November 27, 2009

As US regulators set about tightening the rules on commodity derivatives trading, banks fear the changes may do more harm than good. Geraldine Lambe reports.


Funding Africa's agrarian revolution

September 2, 2009

Five decades of neglect left Africa's agricultural sector in a parlous state, but last year's food crisis galvanised global opinion that something must be done - and soon - to transform the continent's vast potential into reality. Financing small farmers is the first step. Writer Charlie Corbett

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A rethink on risk management

August 4, 2009

Murky times: uncertainty over oil prices is causing concern that the risk management practices of energy traders are insufficient

The fluctuating energy prices over the past year have caused problems for financial and non-financial energy trading firms alike, leading to a greater focus on their risk management practices. Writer Michelle Price

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Energy's renewed vigour

June 4, 2009

Banks' frenetic involvement with the clean energy sector in recent years had lost its momentum in the global downturn, yet the potential renewal of the Kyoto Protocol and promise of unprecedented environmental targets in the US are reviving interest.

Wind of change : T Boone Pickens

January 5, 2009

Oil tycoon T Boone Pickens is investing billions in building the world’s largest wind farm in Texas, which in turn will free up natural gas for transportation and reduce US reliance on oil. Interview by Karen E Thuermer.

Oil and water

November 3, 2008

The prospect of government meddling in the Tupi offshore fields has caused much alarm – but not for Petrobras, says CFO Almir Guilherme Barbassa. Writer Courtney Fingar.

Market down but not out for the count

November 3, 2008

The success of the commodities financing and investment markets have suffered setbacks as a result of the current global crisis. However, a panel of experts drawn together by The Banker believe demand is unlikely to diminish in the long term and that markets will emerge stronger – if politicians continue to back free trade.

Chemical irritant for commodities

October 6, 2008

New EU laws designed to make the chemicals industry safer are proving to be a mild irritant for commodities traders and bankers. Writer Michael Imeson.

Power perspectives

October 6, 2008

Five executives from Europe’s principle electricity suppliers forward their assessments of the global market for renewable energy. Writer Lara Williams.

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