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Commodity Research and Reports > Final standard for measuring and controlling large exposure

London, 15 April 2014

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has today published a final standard that sets out a supervisory framework for measuring and controlling large exposures, which will take effect from 1 January 2019.

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Metals & Mining Commodity Reports > China's gold market: progress and prospects

London, 15 April 2014

A major report published today by the World Gold Council “China's gold market: progress and prospects” suggests that private sector demand for gold in China is set to increase from the current level of 1,132 tonnes(t)1 per year to at least 1,350t by 20172. Following the record level of Chinese demand in 2013, which saw the country become the world’s largest gold market, the report suggests that while 2014 is likely to see consolidation, the succeeding years are likely to see sustained growth.

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Agriculture & Softs Reports > Agriculture's greenhouse gas emissions on the rise

Rome, 11 April 2014

New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years and could increase an additional 30 percent by 2050, without greater efforts to reduce them.

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Commodity Research and Reports > 2014 Conflict Minerals Survey

London, April 2014

With just weeks until publicly traded US component manufacturers are forced by law to disclose their usage of conflict minerals to the federal government, a good number are set to miss the deadline for complying with new rules.

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Commodity Research and Reports > Commodities Sector should be an Engine of Growth, not Poverty Trap

Geneva, April 2014

Corrupt and opaque financial practices deprive resource-rich developing countries of “staggering” amounts of money, UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said at the opening of the UNCTAD Global Commodities Forum in Geneva on 7 April.

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Technology & Commodity Reports > Future of Commodities Trading Secure In The Cloud

London, April 2014

The Cloud is unquestionably the future for energy and commodities trade and risk management (E/CTRM) solutions, according to Commodity Technology Advisory. The pace with which it is getting there is accelerating. And even very large trading firms are now embracing the Cloud as earlier concerns over security are allayed. These are the headline findings from a new industry round table conducted by analyst and research firm Commodity Technology Advisory (ComTech) and revealed today by vendor Aspect Enterprise Solutions.

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Commodity Portfolio Management Research & Reports > SEF Volumes Reach Record Highs as Made-Available-to-Trade Determinations Set In

London, 9 April 2014

TABB Group sees signs of buy-side firms both adopting and avoiding Swaps Execution Facilities (SEFs) since mid-February when Made-Available-to-Trade (MAT) determinations went into effect, now seen driving SEF volumes to record highs. 

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Commodity Portfolio Management Research & Reports > OTC Derivatives Regulations and Swap Execution Facilities

London, April 2014

With the Dodd-Frank rule for certain swaps to be mandatorily traded on Swap Execution Facilities (SEFs) becoming effective, a new survey finds that the industry remains  underprepared to meet the requirements of  these new regulations, while individual firms push ahead to make themselves ready. This survey, released today and conducted by IPC Systems, Inc., a leading provider of voice and electronic trading communications solutions to the world’s top financial services firms and global enterprises, highlights the state of the industry’s preparedness for this new SEF model and potential impact on the OTC derivatives markets.

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Commodity Portfolio Management Research & Reports > FSB publishes reports on implementation of OTC market reforms

London, 8 April 2014

G20 Leaders agreed in 2009 to a comprehensive reform agenda for these markets, to improve transparency, mitigate systemic risk, and protect against market abuse.

To achieve these objectives, the G20 has agreed that:

  • all OTC derivatives contracts should be reported to trade repositories (TRs);
  • all standardised contracts should be traded on exchanges or electronic trading platforms, where appropriate, and cleared through central counterparties (CCPs);
  • non-centrally cleared contracts should be subject to higher capital requirements and minimum margining requirements should be developed.

The report published today finds that substantial progress has been made toward meeting the G20 commitments, through international policy development, jurisdictions’ adoption of legislation and regulation, and expansion in the use of market infrastructure.

  • Jurisdictions’ implementation of reforms: More than three-quarters of FSB member jurisdictions have regulations in place to require transactions to be reported to trade repositories. Frameworks for central clearing requirements are in place in jurisdictions with the largest derivatives markets, with some specific mandatory clearing rules now in effect. Although legislative frameworks are in place to support increased use of exchanges and trading platforms for OTC derivatives contracts, where appropriate, there continues to be differences across jurisdictions in their approaches and timing of implementation in this reform area.
  • International standards: Key international policy standards have already been finalised in most commitment areas and work on the few remaining standards is on track to be finalised by end-2014 or earlier; these include capitalisation of banks’ central counterparty exposures, recovery and resolution of financial market infrastructures and risk mitigation standards for non-centrally cleared derivatives.
  • Effective implementation of reform will need satisfactory resolution of cross-border regulatory issues. A group of regulators from a number of large OTC derivatives markets (the OTC Derivatives Regulators Group) have reached additional understandings to improve the cross-border implementation of OTC derivatives reforms.

The report also discusses areas where further work is needed to complete the reforms and achieve the G20 objectives, including for authorities to:

  • put in place their remaining legislation and regulation promptly and in a form flexible enough to respond to issues of cross-border consistency and other issues that may arise;
  • provide clarity on their processes for making equivalency or comparability decisions (including whether additional authority may be needed to defer to other jurisdictions’ regimes, where appropriate) – the FSB will report to the G20 by September on jurisdictions’ frameworks in this regard; and
  • continue to closely coordinate and cooperate as needed to promptly seek to resolve cross-border regulatory issues when they are identified.

The FSB will continue to monitor jurisdictions’ implementation of the OTC derivatives reform programme, as well as the extent to which the implemented reforms meet the G20’s underlying goals of improving transparency, mitigating systemic risk, and protecting against market abuse. The FSB will publish its next progress report ahead of the November G20 Leaders’ Summit.

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Power & Energy Commodity Reports > The Correct Price for Crude Oil

London, 5 April 2014

With the flattish nature of its action over the past several months, oil seems to have reached a tipping point on price.  It’s almost as if the charts are saying that oil either must break up or break down, if long-term trendlines are going to be respected.

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