Commodities Trading

What is the fundamental challenge for the commodities industry?

One of the biggest challenges the commodities trading industry is facing is a dual one: the need to meet rising demand for energy and natural resources while at the same time reducing carbon emissions. For both elements, the role of China appears to be critical.

The Swiss commodities sector: What’s new and what’s left to do?

Taking strong measures to combat corruption and increase transparency are just some of the steps Switzerland is taking to ensure it’s commodities sector remains competitive. Compliance with CTRIII is just one of the steps companies must take to make sure it stays that way.

Freundliches Klima für Investitionen in Energieinfrastrukturen

Bis vor kurzem war auch der Energiesektor für direkte Infrastrukturinvestitionen grösstenteils geschlossen. Der steigende Energiebedarf und die ambitionierte Schweizer „Energiestrategie 2050“ haben die Ausgangslage im Energieinfrastruktursektor jedoch verändert.

Regulation trends impacting the commodity trading sector

On 19 November 2014, the United States Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations published a nearly 400-page-long report on Wall Street banks and their involvement in physical commodities trading and storage activities. How do such reports affect regulators?

8 risk indicators in commodity trading companies

Increased competition, the growing sophistication of customers and investors have forced many organizations to introduce more complex trading products and strategies. With this increase in complexity comes an increase in the associated risks. We have identified eight red flags that could indicate increased risks for stakeholders of commodity trading companies.

Impact of the Swiss new accounting law on trading companies

On 23 December 2011 the Swiss Parliament enacted the new accounting law, which became effective on 1 January 2013. The new accounting law includes some changes that are relevant for commodity trading companies, particularly with respect to the application of valuation principles.