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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...

  1. 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...

  2. March 24, 2014

    Vitol flags tough markets while rival Trafigura appoints new chief

    Vitol, the world’s biggest oil trader, has flagged “very challenging” market conditions as it reported annual results, while...

  3. February 21, 2014

    Vitol buys Shell’s Australian downstream assets for $2.6bn

    Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trader, has closed its largest acquisition, spending A$2.9bn ($2.6bn) to buy an...

  4. 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...

  5. May 22, 2013

    Commodities traders acquire power stations

    The Swiss-based commodities traders are expanding into assets, buying or leasing anything from refineries to pipelines and...

  6. April 14, 2013

    Commodities: Tougher times for trading titans

    If you want to raise $10bn quickly, you need to know who to call. When Igor Sechin, chairman of Rosneft, decided to buy...

  7. April 2, 2013

    Vitol expands into grains trading

    Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trading house, has announced an expansion into grains trading with the hire of a...

  8. February 28, 2013

    Vitol says oil will be steady for the year

    Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, is forecasting another year of elevated energy costs, saying that oil prices are...

  9. September 26, 2012

    Vitol admits Iran fuel oil cargo deal

    Vitol, the largest oil trading house, on Wednesday admitted it has traded at least one large cargo of Iranian fuel oil this...

  10. May 3, 2012

    Oil trader Vitol to buy Swiss refinery

    Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trader, is to buy a Swiss refinery from Petroplus, the bankrupt Swiss refiner,...

  11. April 24, 2012

    Brent’s record run predicted to continue

    Brent oil this month broke a new record: for the first time, the benchmark crude has traded above $100 a barrel for more...

  12. April 24, 2012

    Commodity houses court outside investors

    The world’s largest commodity trading houses have revealed how they are courting outside investors including private equity...

  13. Westminster Blog

    March 26, 2012

    Dinner diary

    The government has given in to pressure today for more disclosure of David Cameron’s meetings with wealthy Conservative...

  14. FT Alphaville

    March 26, 2012

    Those Cam dine with me donors

    There are a few familiar City faces in the list of Conservative party donors who have “privately” dined with the Prime...

  15. FT Alphaville

    February 22, 2012

    Vitol warns crude could pass $150

    The world’s largest independent oil trader says oil prices could jump this year to a record high above $150 a barrel because...

  16. FT Alphaville

    February 21, 2012

    Vitol warns crude could pass $150

    The world’s largest independent oil trader says oil prices could jump this year to a record high above $150 a barrel because...

  17. February 21, 2012

    Vitol warns crude could pass $150

    The world’s largest independent oil trader says oil prices could jump this year to a record high above $150 a barrel because...

  18. December 8, 2011

    FSA fines Transact for protection breaches

    The company that owns Transact, an online fund administration service, has been fined £3.5m by the Financial Services...

  19. September 5, 2011

    Risky oil supply deal pays off for Vitol

    It started with a phone call from Qatar. “Are you interested in selling a cargo of crude from the Libyan rebels and, in...

  20. May 7, 2011

    How to give it: Ian Taylor

    Ian Taylor, 55, is chief executive of Vitol, the world’s largest oil trading company. In 2007 Ian and his wife, Tina, set up...

  21. February 21, 2011

    Vitol reports 25% rise in oil trading volumes

    Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, said trading volumes rose 25 per cent last year compared with 2009, helping it to...

  22. November 23, 2010

    Quintain to help build ‘smartcity’ in Portugal

    Quintain Estates & Development, the property developer behind large regeneration schemes in Wembley and Greenwich, has...

  23. October 19, 2010

    Oil heats up as bulls target $100-a-barrel price

    Oil at $100 a barrel? Not as unlikely as it sounds, according to a note by Goldman Sachs, Wall Street’s biggest commodities...

  24. FT Alphaville

    October 14, 2010

    Top oil trader says price will fall short of $100

    Oil prices will rise modestly towards $85 a barrel next year despite market expectations that they will return to above $100...

  25. October 13, 2010

    Top oil trader says price will fall short of $100

    Oil prices will rise modestly towards $85 a barrel next year despite market expectations that they will return to above $100...

  26. May 18, 2010

    Vitol sells 50% stake in storage business to MISC

    Vitol, the world's largest oil trader, yesterday sold a 50 per cent stake in its petroleum terminals and storage business to...

  27. February 11, 2010

    Leading oil trader damps price hopes

    Vitol, the world's largest oil trader, yesterday said oil prices were set to trade within the current narrow range this year...

  28. February 11, 2010

    Leading oil trader damps price hopes

    Vitol, the world's largest oil trader, yesterday said oil prices were set to trade within the current narrow range this year...

  29. February 10, 2010

    Leading oil trader damps price hopes

    Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, on Wednesday said oil prices were set to trade within the current narrow range this...

  30. Westminster Blog

    February 4, 2010

    Over-compensation: Who paid more than they were asked?

    Alex spotted that Sir John Butterfill paid back £17,478 despite being asked to pay only £2,364. Who else has appeared to...

  31. December 21, 2009

    Oil demand recovery to be sluggish in 2010, say

    Oil prices will remain trapped in the $70-$80 a barrel range in the first half of 2010 as demand recovers more slowly than...

  32. December 20, 2009

    Oil demand recovery to be sluggish

    Oil prices will remain trapped in the $70-$80 a barrel range in the first half of 2010 as demand recovers more slowly than...

  33. November 4, 2009

    Oil crunch: Crisis or a rosy future?

    A string of impressive discoveries from America to West Africa have prompted optimism that a widely-touted supply crunch may...

  34. FT Alphaville

    October 28, 2009

    Vitol's energy asset grab

    The problems facing independent refiners refuse to go away, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that  Europe’s largest independent...

  35. October 29, 2008

    Nexen chief to leave as rivals circle

    Charles Fischer, chief executive of Nexen, is expected to step down today as large energy groups, including Total of France,...

  36. May 15, 2008

    Donors ‘buy influence’ with Tories

    Labour claimed to have uncovered a “secret web” of wealthy donors “buying influence” in the Tory party, after an influential...

  37. March 1, 2008

    US must end its implacable opposition to Cuba

    From Ian Taylor MP. Sir, Christopher Caldwell (“The illusion of Cuba’s caudillo”, February 23/24) should not just listen to...

  38. November 2, 2007

    Mill to reopen for Harris tweed

    A new Scottish-owned company, Harris Tweed Hebrides, is to reopen a mill to produce the distinctive cloth at Shawbost on...

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