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Commodity Research and Reports

Monetary Policies Have Bought Time – Use It Wisely

London, 23 August 2013

The unconventional monetary policies of central banks have bought global policymakers the time and space to carry out the reforms needed to lay the foundation for lasting growth, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde told an audience of top officials at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium.

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The Global Regulatory Landscape 2013

London, 23 August 2013

GreySpark Partners present a report exploring the emerging global regulatory landscape, taking an international view of what are often regional requirements. The report, titled The Global Regulatory Landscape 2013: Five Key Regulatory Initiatives Impacting Global Wholesale Finance, is part of the Market Structure and Regulations stream of research.

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CPSS and IOSCO issue report on authorities' access to trade repository data

London, August 2013

The Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have today published a report entitled Authorities' access to trade repository data.

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ESMA begins detailing central clearing of OTC derivatives

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has launched a Discussion Paper to prepare  the regulatory technical standards (RTS) which will implement provisions of the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) regarding the obligation to centrally clear OTC derivatives.

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Business Success Through Data Quality Management

London, July 2013

The round-the-clock, process intensive and critical use of commodity data for analysis and decision support in trading, risk, and market operations requires quality, trusted data to help drive business advantage, implement new strategies and improve operational results. Paradoxically, there’s a level of reluctance or inertia in some organisations towards resourcing and financing this important asset and driving the necessary quality improvements in a proactive and sustained manner.

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EU proposes further measures for reducing GHGs from ships

London, July 2013

As a first step towards reducing the marine transport industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, on 28 June 2013 the European Commission (the “Commission”) tabled a draft Regulation to introduce a system of monitoring and publication of individual vessels’ annual CO2 emissions. This alert explains why the Commission has taken this step, exactly what it is proposing, who will be affected and what steps operators may wish to take in response - Reed Smith report.

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‘Force majeure’ clauses in commodity sale agreements

London, June 2013

Reed Smith have written previously about force majeure clauses in the context of market disruption events that have occurred or were anticipated. Lawyers spend a great deal of time analysing the impact of such events on their clients’ contractual arrangements. The article below seeks to suggest some ways in which in-house legal and business teams might treat force majeure as a moving issue that merits regular evaluation of what a contract should say, in anticipation of the unanticipated.

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Hunger about more than food production

Rome, 15 June 2013

If the world wants to conquer hunger, it needs to tackle all the causes of hunger simultaneously particularly poverty, and not just concentrate on producing more food, Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics, told the opening session of the FAO Conference.

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European regulations in Commodity trading: Research

London, May 2013

Commodity Technology Advisory, a leading analyst firm for energy and commodity trading and risk management (E/CTRM) software, is teaming up with energy trading regulation specialists ETR Advisory, to undertake a new sponsored research project into European regulations in Commodity trading.

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Australia's resource investments to reach record A$85 bn

Houston, 16 May 2013

Wood Mackenzie expects resource sector investments in Australia to peak in 2013 at A$85 billion (bn), dominated by spending in gas, followed by iron ore and coal. The high investment levels will be sustained over the next three years, surpassing the previous three year period.

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