Coal price rally comes to the rescue of commodity trading giants
By Henning Gloystein and Barbara Lewis
SINGAPORE/LONDON, Oct 31, 2016 (Reuters)
The rise in coal prices GCLNWCPFBMc2 has been so sharp and sudden, the steepest on record, that it has been branded by Goldman Sachs and Citi as the year’s hot commodity. The gains were largely the result of an unexpected move by China, which is the world’s biggest consumer of coal, to slash its coal production.
Trading houses were in a perfect position, given their command of the coal and transport markets, to maximize their opportunities, said Patrick Markey, Managing Director of commodity advisory Sierra Vista Resources in Singapore.
Glencore’s Head of Coal Marketing Tor Peterson, who has almost legendary status for deal making in the opaque coal market, has been at the forefront of some of the firm’s recent deals, several sources said.
Changing of the Guard
by Eric Yep
Thursday 18 August 2016, 12:01
SGX is to monetize its $102m bet on the Baltic Exchange with ambition in Asia's freight derivatives
SINGAPORE Exchange’s $102m buyout of the Baltic Exchange has been surrounded by political rhetoric, lamentations about the loss of another London institution and whether it is just another European brand slipping into the hands of rich Asian corporations.
But some of the market forces driving the deal are titanic in proportions. The SGX takeover might just be the catalyst that reinvigorates trading interest in freight markets, and puts shipping back on the commodities trading map again.
Start-up founders met hundreds of potential investors at Singapore's Demo Day, which was the finale of a three-month "boot camp" designed to help entrepreneurs sharpen their business plans with the help of financial services mentors. Eleven financial technology start-ups made their pitches to possible investors at Demo Day.
—By Pauline Chiou
Posted 6 August 2015