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?
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.
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.