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Commodity Research and Reports

The MiFID Review: What it Means For Commodities

London, April 2011

The European Commission's December 2010 consultation paper on wholesale revisions to MiFID has focused on commodities derivatives as an area for regulatory intervention and oversite. The proposals are likely to lead to significant infrastructure changes for firms that trade commodities derivatives, particularly those firms that now rely on exemptions for own account and "ancillary" trading, according to Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

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Implications of rising commodity prices for inflation and monetary policy

Chicago, April 2011

What are the implications of rising commodity prices for inflation and monetary policy? The recent run-ups in oil and other commodity prices and their implications for infla­tion and monetary policy have grabbed the attention of many commentators in the media.

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Wise and Otherwise: Bart Chilton

Las Vegas, April 2011

Speech of Commissioner Bart Chilton to the Platts 26th Annual Global Power Markets Conference, Las Vegas, NV. Thank you very much.  It’s good to be with you this morning.  I want to especially thank James Gillies for the kind invitation to speak with you today.

If the government had shut down, I wouldn’t have been able to be with you in person.  While I was one of the fortunate few who would have still been paid, traveling during a shut down isn’t allowed. The only exception is for emergencies.  I don’t think one of you doubling down and splitting tens would have qualified as an emergency. But for heaven’s sake, don’t do it!

 

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Central banks split on role in commodity prices

London, 11 April 2011: Reuters

Announcing the first interest rate increase for almost three years on Thursday, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet observed that "ample liquidity at global level" as well as strong demand from emerging markets was driving commodity prices higher. Trichet's carefully calculated remarks blew wide open disagreements among the main central banks about what role (if any) monetary policy has played in the surging cost of oil and a broad range of other industrial raw materials and agricultural products.

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Chilton warns of Regulatory Arbitrage

London, 29 March 2011

Stopping Stammering:  Overcoming Obstacles in Financial Regulatory Reform: Speech of Commissioner Bart Chilton to the Goldman Sachs Global Commodity Conference, London, UK

 

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Risk, uncertainty and Black Swans

London, March 2011

The usefulness of the black swan concept developed by Nassim Nicholas Taleb is being devalued by over-use and indiscriminate application to events that are merely quite rare and hard to forecast -- rather than so rare that they are inconceivable or unimaginable.

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Resource Nationalism – Managing the Risks

London, 18 March 2011

Reed Smith: One of the least expected turns in the Global Economy today is undoubtedly the return to centre stage of Resource Nationalism. The assertion of state ownership and control over the natural resources within their territories was believed to have had its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s when, spurred by a spike in the prices of commodities and particularly in the value of oil, many developing nations then engaged in a wave of nationalisations and expropriation.

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India Commodity Exchange trade to multiply

Mumbai, March 2011

Volumes on India's commodity exchanges could jump 20 percent in the year to March 2012, as banks and foreign institutions start trading and mini-contracts attract farmers to take part, the market regulator said. Legislation to allow banks and foreign players onto India's markets should be cleared in July 2011, B.C. Khatua, head of the Forward Markets Commission (FMC), told Reuters in an interview late on Wednesday. The bill, which will also give the FMC more powers and allow options trade, has been referred to a standing committee before going to India's parliament for approval.

 

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ISDA comments on EC challenges for commodity markets

London, March 2011

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) welcomes the efforts of the European Commission and lends its support to reform efforts to improve the regulation, functioning, and transparency of financial and commodity markets whilst preserving the ability of those markets to serve the real economy by allowing commercial participants to hedge risk effectively.

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Algos transform the ecology of commodity markets

London, 7 March 2011

Computer-driven trading has grown exponentially in commodities as techniques pioneered in fixed income, currency and equity markets have been applied to trading oil, natural gas and corn. Automated or algorithmic trading accounted for over 30% of all trades executed in crude oil in the fourth quarter, according to CME Group, and a similar proportion of completed trades in other energy contracts, as well as agricultural contracts such as corn. [download below]

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