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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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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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Commodities Summit: Lessons from Lausanne

London, April 2014

A dozen things we learnt at the FT’s Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne this week.

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Why Ukraine's next President doesn't matter

London, 28 March 2014

Having ridden roughshod over Ukraine, Russia's annexation of the Crimea is now over and a new chapter in Ukrainian politics is about to begin — but it won't be much different than the last chapter, with the same old faces surfacing for May presidential elections.

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The Geopolitical Realities of the Ukraine Crises

Last weekend, the crisis in Ukraine took a more ominous turn with the referendum in Crimea rejoining the peninsula with Russia while Russian troops amassed on the country’s eastern border. In addition, the United States and European Union’s imposition of what is forecasted to be the first salvo of economic sanctions was launched. On Wednesday, Ukraine’s defense minister announced that he would go to Crimea to seek a diplomatic solution, an offer immediately rebuffed by Crimea’s Prime Minister, thus setting back prospects for a reasoned solution (e.g., a more autonomous Crimea within an independent Ukraine).

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Ukraine set to trade out of crisis?

London, 26 February 2014

Contrary to expectations and early press coverage, Ukrainian steel, grain and other commodity export deals have not been significantly affected by the escalation of violence in Kiev last week.

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies That Will Reshape the Future

Geneva, 26 February 2014

Smarter drugs, super-light cars and computers operated by thought among 10 breakthroughs highlighted: The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies is composed of top experts on new technologies around the world, representing both the academic and business world 

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CME Group launches FuturesFundamentals.com

Chicago, 25 February 2014

CME Group announced today that it has launched FuturesFundamentals.com, an innovative educational website to help explain the role of futures markets in everyday life. With easy-to-understand content that everyone from students to experienced market participants will find useful, FuturesFundamentals.com takes investing concepts like futures, hedging and speculating and shows how they play an essential role in the world around us.

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Commodities Back in Favour

London, February 2014

ETF Securities, one of the world’s leading, independent providers of Exchange Traded Commodities (ETCs), published a survey concluding that investors will continue to invest in commodities in 2014, with cyclical commodities such as platinum, palladium, and industrial metals remaining favourites.

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