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  1. June 16, 2014

    Trafigura’s profits boosted following bitumen disposal

    Trafigura, one of the world’s biggest commodities traders, has reported a 24 per cent increase in half-year profits, helped...

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    April 28, 2014

    Financial intermediation and shadow banking through commodities

    Craig Pirrong’s white paper on the economics of commodity trading firms (CFTs), sponsored by Trafigura, has been released...

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  1. April 4, 2014

    Commodities Summit: Lessons from Lausanne

    A dozen things we learnt at the FT’s Commodities Global Summit in Lausanne this week. 1) Glencore Xstrata chief executive,...

  2. April 2, 2014

    Supply problems set to keep oil price stable

    The head of the world’s biggest independent oil trader has predicted a fourth year of stable oil prices, saying supply...

  3. March 31, 2014

    Banks’ retreat empowers commodity trading houses

    Over the past decade, the world’s largest banks have with little fanfare become immersed in a business far removed from...

  4. March 24, 2014

    Trafigura’s co-founder to step down

    Claude Dauphin, is to step down from the day-to-day running of Trafigura, the commodities trading house, passing the baton...

  5. March 21, 2014

    Sanctions on Timchenko place focus on Gunvor

    One of the world’s largest oil traders has been drawn into the political confrontation over Ukraine after the US Treasury...

  6. February 27, 2014

    Trading houses in line for increased regulator scrutiny

    Trading houses are set to attract greater attention from the UK’s financial watchdog as commodity markets come under...

  7. February 21, 2014

    Trafigura buys into China copper smelter Jinchuan Group

    Trafigura, the commodities trading house, will take a minority stake in a new copper smelter in southern China, marking only...

  8. January 29, 2014

    Trafigura looks to reduce Puma holding

    A bond prospectus has lifted the lid on the financial performance of Puma Energy, the oil storage and petrol station...

  9. December 16, 2013

    Trafigura: towards transparency

    Every commodities trading house has its “thing”, born of a market built on finding an edge. Vitol is big – it is the world’s...

  10. December 16, 2013

    Trafigura shuns stock market float

    The IPO market has exploded back to life this year. But commodities trading houses are nonplussed. In its annual results,...

  11. December 16, 2013

    Trafigura boosted by sale of Puma Energy stake

    Trafigura, one of the world’s top commodity trading houses, has posted record profits of $2.2bn, boosted by the sale of a...

  12. December 10, 2013

    Oil groups in rush for US crude export licences

    Oil companies are securing licences to export US crude at a frantic pace as the shale boom leads to swelling supplies along...

  13. December 6, 2013

    Are commodities traders ‘too big to fail’?

    When the banking industry’s top lobby group commissioned a report on commodity trading houses the idea was to show trading...

  14. FT Alphaville

    November 25, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: A further slide in the yen is giving a boost to Japanese equities, while commodity prices tumbled after Iran...

  15. November 24, 2013

    Trafigura raises $500m from sale of 10% Puma stake

    Trafigura, one of the world’s largest commodities trading houses, has raised $500m from the sale of a 10 per cent stake in...

  16. November 7, 2013

    LME cracks down on metals warehousing after queues complaints

    The London Metal Exchange has launched a crackdown on the metals warehousing industry in response to a storm of criticism...

  17. October 21, 2013

    Commodities traders face increased competition

    Glencore Xstrata, Vitol and Trafigura face the prospect of increased competition and lower margins, as national companies...

  18. October 15, 2013

    Batista group in $1bn port deal to avert collapse

    Eike Batista has struck a near-$1bn deal to stave off the collapse of his business empire, ceding control of his prized iron...

  19. September 30, 2013

    Noble secures $400m zinc deal

    Noble Group, the commodities trading house, has won the hotly contested battle to replace Glencore as the buyer of zinc in...

  20. August 21, 2013

    Singapore bank expands Indonesian links to Jakarta

    United Overseas Bank, one of Singapore’s three largest banks by assets, on Wednesday unveiled a new “advisory unit” in...

  21. August 12, 2013

    Subpoenas issued over metals warehouse probe

    The US commodities watchdog has subpoenaed companies including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Glencore as it ramps up its...

  22. August 1, 2013

    Oil blenders stir up cocktail to meet US demand

    Traders have embraced the humble steel tank to perform oil market alchemy as they seek to profit from the North American oil...

  23. July 1, 2013

    LME takes aim at warehousing queues

    The London Metal Exchange has taken aim at the long warehousing queues that have helped boost the profits of Goldman Sachs,...

  24. June 26, 2013

    ‘King of oil’ who became a target for US

    Marc Rich, who died on Wednesday, aged 78, was one of the most controversial business figures of the late 20th century. He...

  25. June 25, 2013

    Trafigura’s Russian oil ambitions

    Trafigura, the oil and metals trading house, is trying to break into the massive Russian oil sector, a territory long...

  26. June 21, 2013

    Russia and China agree $270bn oil deal

    Rosneft has signed a deal to supply China with $270bn worth of oil over the next 25 years, as Russia looks to boost ties...

  27. June 21, 2013

    Commodities traders need to wake up to key-man risk

    The leadership changes in Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Bunge are a good reminder that chief executives do not stay forever...

  28. June 10, 2013

    HKEx’s LME warehousing conundrum

    Soon after Charles Li secured the acquisition of the London Metal Exchange, he caused a stir by promising to take a...

  29. May 15, 2013

    Gunvor launches $500m maiden bond

    Gunvor, the oil trading house, has launched its maiden bond, tapping the public capital market as it seeks to expand its...

  30. May 9, 2013

    US targets commodities and corruption

    Archer Daniels Midland is the first commodities trading house to be enmeshed in the US anti-bribery law. It may not be the...

  31. April 15, 2013

    Trafigura staff net $1.6bn in share deals

    Trafigura, one of the world’s top commodities trading houses, has handed about $1.6bn to its senior employees in the past...

  32. April 14, 2013

    Trafigura adds Lord Strathclyde to board

    Trafigura, a leading commodity trader, has appointed one of the UK Conservative party’s most senior figures to its board as...

  33. April 10, 2013

    Trafigura raises $500m with perpetual bond

    Trafigura, one of the world’s largest commodities trading houses, has launched its first perpetual bond, tapping the public...

  34. April 4, 2013

    Nyrstar zinc contract up for grabs

    Nyrstar, the world’s largest zinc producer, has fired the starting gun on one of the most hotly-anticipated contests in the...

  35. April 4, 2013

    Shell to offload last Australian refinery

    Royal Dutch Shell has put its last remaining Australian refinery up for sale as the oil group looks to reshape its local...

  36. April 3, 2013

    Kid gloves approach for Swiss regulation

    Why did the Swiss government put on kid gloves to review the country’s giant physical commodities trading industry? The real...

  37. March 26, 2013

    Oil traders and Cyprus

    What do Switzerland and Cyprus have in common? The answer is oil trading. Comment by email Sign up here to receive The...

  38. March 14, 2013

    Swiss commodities traders feel Singapore heat

    In a week that Singapore was hosting two big commodities conferences – one for mining and one for grain trading – over in...

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