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Commodity Research and Reports

Commodity Benchmarks – Survey

London, October 2014

Commodity traders will need to take great care if they are not to get caught up in the regulatory fervour that has succeeded the various gold, silver, foreign exchange and interest rate market rigging scandals that have shaken investor confidence in recent months.

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The Economics of Commodity Trading Firms

Commodity trading is one of the oldest forms of human activity. It is central to the global economy. Yet up to now there has been remarkably little research into this important area. The Economics of Commodity Trading Firms demystifies the commodity trading business through a combination of description and analysis.

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FCA sets out its approach to financial promotions in social media

London, 7 August 2014

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today launched a consultation which is intended to clarify its approach to the supervision of financial promotions in social media.

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Still too many “BRICS” and not enough mortar

London, July 2014

Brazil will not have much time to recover following the excitement of the World Cup and its final on 13 July in Rio when a day later on the 14th it will be hosting the 6th BRICS Summit some 2600 kilometres away in Fortaleza. The former event will have of course an immeasurably greater impact, both nationally and internationally, than the latter.

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Moving towards REMIT

London, July 2014

Trayport Blog: Trayport recently hosted a client forum to discuss the regulatory risk, compliance and technical challenges facing our clients and the industry as a whole. We wanted to understand how our customers are being impacted by EMIR and how firms need to prepare in order to meet the REMIT reporting requirements once they come into effect. Based on these discussions, we found that there are a number of key themes of concern for the industry at the moment: including the discord around Unique Trade Identifier (UTI) generation and distribution, the backloading of trades and the potential cost impact on post-trade operations.

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Resource rich countries lead global conflict and political violence index

London, May 2014

Over the last six months, levels of conflict and political violence have jumped significantly in 48 countries as a consequence of popular revolutions and regime change, a study released reveals.

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Crisis in the Crimea: Sanctions Update

London, 30 April 2014

In response to the Russian Federation’s continued actions in southern and eastern Ukraine, the United States has added seventeen entities and seven Russian officials and related persons to its list of Ukraine-related sanctioned persons. United States persons are prohibited from continuing or entering into transactions with entities and individuals specifically designated and entities that are 50% or more owned by a sanctioned entity or individual. 

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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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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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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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