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Commodity Research and Reports

OSCO publishes final report on risk mitigation standards for non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives

London, 28 Janaury 2015

The International Organization of Securities Commissions today published the final report Risk Mitigation Standards for Non-centrally Cleared OTC Derivatives, which sets out nine standards aimed at mitigating the risks in the non-centrally cleared OTC derivatives markets.

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Most Commodity Prices Expected to Continue Declining in 2015

Washington, 22 January 2015

This year may well see a rare occurrence for world commodity markets – a decline in all nine key commodity price indices, says the World Bank’s latest Commodity Markets Outlook, released today.

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IOSCO Consults on Cross-Border Regulation

London, 27 November 2014

The International Organization of Securities Commissions this week published the consultation report of the IOSCO Task Force on Cross-Border Regulation, which identifies and describes cross-border regulatory tools and challenges.

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The first week of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect

London, 23 November 2014

The first week of Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect is now in the books.  Ordinarily, one week would be too soon to assess the performance of a major new market infrastructure project such as this.  But given the substantial market focus and interest, I thought it might be helpful if I answered a few common questions we've received to date.

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Global gold demand down just 2% YoY to 929 tonnes

London, 13 November 2014

According to the latest Gold Demand Trends report from the World Gold Council, covering the period July to September 2014, global demand for gold was down just 2% year on year to 929 tonnes (t).

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Water risk threatens large company growth prospects

London, 5 November 2014

Two thirds of the world’s largest companies are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth.  The news comes amid mounting shareholder concern around the business impacts from water scarcity, accessibility and poor water quality.

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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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