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.

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?

Falling behind the risk

Risk management is at the top of the global executive agenda as companies face an array of threats that grow more complex every day. The risks are vast and ever-present and those companies that fail to manage them well imperil their future.

The value of transparency for commodity traders

The economic crisis of 2008 has already led to a significant increase in the regulation of financial and corporate activity, particularly regarding governance, accountability and transparency. What are the likely consequences in Switzerland resulting from the attention being given to the commodities traders? Today they remain very discreet, but will the giants o […]

Commodity trading firms challenged by MiFID II

New EU financial market rules on the financial industry are likely to impact commodity trading companies. One of the most relevant in this regards is MiFID II.