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Merger Process With Commodity Regulator to be Smooth: Sebi

Posted on 23 March 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Sunday said the action plan for proposed merger of Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with itself is under works and expressed hope that the process would be “smooth”.
The Finance Ministry along with capital market watchdog Sebi and commodity market regulator FMC are in dialogue for the merger process, Sebi Chairman U K Sinha said here. “We discussed the proposed merger of FMC with Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India) and the plan of action in this regard,” he said after its board meeting, which was addressed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India’s failure to cut duty hurts gold prices

Posted on 04 March 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

India’s decision to maintain an import duty on gold surprised investors, dealing a fresh blow to a metal that has been hit hard this year by a strengthening U.S. dollar and a series of policy shifts around the globe. Gold for April delivery, the most actively traded contract, sank $4.90, or 0.4%, to $1,208.20 a troy ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Investors had been hoping India would reduce the duty, likely boosting demand for gold from the world’s largest consumer. The decision adds to broad crosscurrents for gold, which tends to appreciate at times of economic uncertainty but does less well in more placid periods because it offers buyers no periodic payments, or yield……………………………………….Full Article: Source

India: Budget on commodities

Posted on 02 March 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An important proposal that will impact the commodity industry is the plan to merge commodities market regulator Forward Market Commission with capital market watchdog SEBI. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “the proposed merger would help streamline the monitoring of commodity futures trading and curb wild speculation.”
This proposal is likely to bring convergence in regulation of various financial markets, such as securities, commodities and currency derivatives. Tracking of related money flows into such markets will also be easier. This will lead to implementing the long pending FCRA amendment bill. For brokers, substantial savings in costs are anticipated as separate set-ups for regulatory compliance may not be required………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India Announces New Gold Schemes: What to Know

Posted on 02 March 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Investors who want to buy gold will soon have a new option. This was among a number of proposals announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Budget to reduce India’s import of gold as well as put to work the vast amount of gold deposits held in the country.
The Finance Minister said a Sovereign Gold Bond would be introduced as an alternative to purchasing physical gold. The bond or financial instrument will carry a fixed rate of interest and when investors sell the bond they will get the value of the gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US ‘Probes Banks’ Precious Metals Rigging’

Posted on 27 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The United States is reportedly probing major banks over possible manipulation of precious metals markets. The investigation centres on prices for gold, silver, platinum and palladium, the Wall Street Journal says.
It is being carried out by the Justice Department with help from Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which regulates raw materials and derivatives, the newspaper said, quoting sources close to the case. The banks targeted are HSBC, Bank of Nova Scotia, Barclays, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Societe Generale, Standard Bank and UBS………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Yellen: Fed to Issue Bank Commodity Rules This Year

Posted on 26 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the Fed plans to propose new rules this year relating to banks’ activities in physical- commodity markets, such as aluminum and oil.
The Fed has been engaged in “a careful review” of the activities it has permitted, Ms. Yellen told the House Financial Services Committee during the second day of her semiannual monetary policy testimony. “With respect to the concerns they raise about safety and soundness, we are likely to propose new rules during this year,” Ms. Yellen said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India’s gold imports set to rise as RBI eases curbs ahead of budget

Posted on 20 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Gold imports to top consumer India are set to jump in coming months after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) eased gold import curbs, ahead of an expected cut in import duty in next week’s budget.
The Reserve Bank of India said on Wednesday banks would again be allowed to import gold on a “consignment basis”, under which they act as intermediaries and don’t pay for the stock until a buyer has been found, which is usually quickly. Trading houses will be allowed to bring in gold with no conditions attached………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: Is Commodities Transaction Tax removal in the offing?

Posted on 12 February 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Commodity Transaction Tax (CTT) was introduced in the 2013 Union Budget on non-agricultural commodities traded on futures exchanges. This was based on the premise that commodity exchanges have matured; and there is no difference between stock and commodity derivatives trading.
Therefore, the very existence of Securities Transaction Tax (STT) in stock exchanges justified the CTT, as was stated during the time of the tax announcement. Since then, and even before that, several arguments have been put forward on the differences between the commodity and the stock exchanges; but that is immaterial now as the impact of CTT on the commodity futures markets is quite perceptible in the non-agricultural segment………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. regulators should study oil slump -CFTC official

Posted on 27 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

U.S. futures market regulators should review the sharp drop in crude oil prices to gain a better understanding of the slide as they pursue rules to crack down on speculation in commodities, a top official said on Monday.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is considering regulations to rein in speculation in energy, grain and metals markets with new rules on position limits. However, the agency needs more data to justify sweeping changes, Commissioner Christopher Giancarlo told a commodities conference in Miami………………………………………..Full Article: Source

German Regulator Found No Signs of Gold Price Manipulation

Posted on 27 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Germany’s financial regulatory authority, known as BaFin, has concluded a probe into allegations of manipulation in the gold market and found no signs of rigging, according to Handelsblatt newspaper.
Examinations regarding the manipulation of currencies are still underway and have shown no systematic manipulation of exchange rates so far, the newspaper reported, citing an interview with Raimund Roeseler, head of Bafin’s banking supervision………………………………………..Full Article: Source

BSEC to formulate ‘commodity exchange’ rules

Posted on 27 January 2015 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC) has moved forward to formulate rules to open ‘commodity exchange’ in the country for the first time. A committee of BSEC has submitted two reports to the commission in this regard which may help accelerate the process to formulate commodity and exchange rules very soon, officials said.
Experts and private investors urged for formulating rules as soon as possible to launch commodity exchanges in Bangladesh to boost trade of agricultural produces in the country. A commodities exchange is an exchange where various commodities and derivatives products are traded. Most commodity exchanges across the world trade in agricultural products and other raw materials like wheat, jute, sugar, maize, cotton, oil, metals, etc and contracts based on them………………………………………..Full Article: Source

UK Financial Body Regulating Gold, Silver Benchmarks

Posted on 23 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Britain’s financial regulatory body is moving forward with its plans to regulate gold and silver benchmarks. The Financial Conduct Authority announced Monday that starting April 1, 2015, it will regulate a total of seven additional UK-based financial benchmarks in the fixed income, commodity and currency markets.
According to the FCA, the London Gold Fixing and the London Bullion Market Association Silver Price, will be two of the seven new regulated benchmarks………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Levin seeks crackdown on physical commodities

Posted on 17 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Sen. Carl Levin has introduced a bill seeking to crack down on trading on inside information in physical commodities, the first such legislation limiting Wall Street banks’ ability to deal in physical markets from crude oil to aluminum.
The bill, co-sponsored with Republican John McCain, is seen as the Michigan Democrat’s parting swipe at Wall Street before he retires in January. He has previously accused Goldman Sachs and other banks of manipulating physical commodity markets……………………………………..Full Article: Source

India should allow banks to hold gold as reserves: WGC

Posted on 10 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

India should allow banks to use gold as part of their liquidity reserves, which would let them make more use of gold inside the country and reduce the need for imports, an industry body said on Tuesday, seeing that as an alternative to import curbs.
The world’s second-biggest consumer of the metal should also consider setting up an exchange for transparent gold pricing and to streamline trade, according to a report commissioned by the World Gold Council (WGC). “We have made our points to the government and some of these recommendations are in consideration,” said Somasundaram PR, head of the WGC’s India operations. He did not elaborate………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US Banks Reprimanded for Influencing Commodities Prices

Posted on 09 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A two-year probe conducted by Republican and Democrat lawmakers from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found several US banks culpable of major violations in the commodities markets. The report determined that some of the biggest banks, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan Chase & Company stockpiled massive volumes of inventory in commodities like copper and aluminum.
Beyond stockpiling inventories, these banks gained significant advantage over the financial system by participating in coal production, uranium and other volatile businesses. By participating in these activities, the banks jeopardized the entire financial system………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: Commodity Market Regulator Plans to Introduce Call Auction

Posted on 01 December 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Forward Markets Commission (FMC) is planning to introduce the concept of call auction for half an hour in order to curtail market manipulation in commodity futures. The call auction is prevalent in stock markets.
“We are soon planning to introduce call auction for an half hour with 100 per cent delivery. This will help in getting the final settlement price for commodities futures,” FMC Chairman Ramesh Abhishek told PTI. There were some complaints that prices are being manipulated while determining the final settlement price in a commodity futures contract, he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Fed on Commodities, Credit Suisse Plea: Compliance

Posted on 25 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Federal Reserve may curtail Wall Street commodity businesses after lawmakers said banks’ role in energy, power and metals markets spurred unfair trading advantages and could threaten financial stability.
At a Senate hearing Nov. 21 held by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo said curbs under consideration include ownership limits, restricting how much revenue can be derived from commodities and requiring Wall Street firms to boost capital. He said the new rules, to be proposed early next year, could restrict banks from investing in oil tankers, coal mines and other businesses involved in physical commodities………………………………….Full Article: Source

Fed set to tighten commodities rules

Posted on 24 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The US Federal Reserve is preparing to unveil new restrictions aimed at making it harder for Wall Street banks to make big bets in the commodities markets, according to testimony on Friday from Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo.
Tarullo struck an unexpectedly aggressive stance in his appearance in front of a Senate subcommittee that has been investigating the involvement of big banks in the markets for basic materials like coal, aluminum and gas. Tarullo said the Fed expected to issue a formal notice of potential new rules in the first quarter of next year. Those new regulations could force banks to amass more capital to protect against losses on holdings of commodities and restrict banks from some types of commodities operations that they are currently allowed to do…………………………………Full Article: Source

Senate probe says Goldman, other banks exploited commodity markets

Posted on 20 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A two-year Senate investigation into Wall Street’s physical commodities business found that U.S. banks had manipulated prices and gained unfair trading advantages at the expense of consumers.
While the detailed report was critical of how banks purchased and exploited huge commodity stockpiles, it did not offer any damning new details on their activities………………………………Full Article: Source

U.S. Fed began rejecting commodity trade requests in 2010: report

Posted on 20 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The U.S. Federal Reserve has been quietly quashing some Wall Street requests to delve more deeply into physical commodity markets since 2010, according to a new Senate report that includes previously unreported details of the Fed’s oversight of the area.
While critical of the “uncoordinated, incoherent patchwork” of rules limiting banks’ activities in physical raw materials trading, the report by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations also showed for the first time that the Fed had actually begun denying some requests to engage in the market………………………………Full Article: Source

India: Commodities in regulated warehouses exempted from stock limit

Posted on 11 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The government has exempted commodities kept in regulated warehouses from the purview of stock limits effected by state governments to curb hoarding under the Essential Commodities Act.
This was one of the key reforms that commodity markets regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) was pushing with the Consumer Affairs Ministry for last few years. In a latest circular, the commission said: “Department of Consumer Affairs has informed that the commodities kept in regulated warehouse (registered by the Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority) have been exempted from stock holding limits under the Essential Commodity Act, 1955.” ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

CFTC Turns Toward Administrative Judges

Posted on 10 November 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission plans to start steering some of its cases against trading firms, brokers and others to administrative law judges appointed by federal agencies, instead of trials in federal court, according to a top official.
The move comes as defense lawyers criticize the escalating use of administrative law judges by regulators pursuing financial wrongdoing, saying it eliminates an independent jury from the process. Securities and Exchange Commission officials have said previously they intend to more often use administrative proceedings for insider-trading and other complicated cases………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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To inject more liquidity, commodity market regulator raises position cap

Posted on 24 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity markets regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) has decided to allow hedgers, brokers and investors to take higher positions in futures contracts as part of its efforts to ensure more liquidity in the market.
In order to usher in more transparency in the market, the commission has asked the exchanges to display details of top traders on their websites. The revised norms, issued on Wednesday, have come into effect immediately………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India Looking at Merging Commodity Market Regulator With Sebi

Posted on 06 October 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The government is considering a proposal to merge the Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) to ensure better monitoring of the commodity futures market. “One of the options being considered by the government is merging FMC with Sebi,” a senior Finance Ministry official said.
Alternatively, the official said, the government may also pursue the long-pending proposal to give more powers to FMC by amending the Forward Contract Regulation Act (FCRA) Amendment Bill. While FMC is the regulator for commodities trading, Sebi regulates the capital markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US Commodities Regulator to Hold Public Bitcoin Hearing

Posted on 26 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has announced that it will hold a public meeting to discuss digital currencies on 9th October in Washington, DC. Created in 1975, the US CFTC is an independent federal agency that regulates the country’s futures and options markets. The meeting will be presided by the CFTC’s Global Market Advisory Committee, a group that advises the organisation on issues related to market integrity and competitiveness.
The CFTC indicated that the meeting will consist of two panels, one of which will focus on examining bitcoin and questions surrounding the CFTC’s involvement in the creation of a derivatives market for bitcoin, while the other will center on Non-Deliverable Forwards (NDFs), a form of cash-settled short-term forward contract………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Swiss NGO proposes commodities watchdog

Posted on 02 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The non-governmental Berne Declaration group has called for the creation of an independent supervisory authority to oversee the Swiss commodities market. It says it is not good enough to allow the sector to regulate itself.
At the launch of its latest campaign to fight ongoing corruption, inequality and environmental issues in the worldwide commodities sector, the pressure group said an independent regulator would help counter the “resource curse”. “Switzerland as the world’s most important commodities hub has a political responsibility to act,” Andreas Missbach told a news conference on Monday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

U.S. case dismissal won’t dim regulatory glare for base metals sector

Posted on 02 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Industrial metals will stay in sharp regulatory focus, even though a U.S. judge dismissed a high-profile case claiming that Wall Street banks and commodity merchants artificially inflated aluminum prices by restricting supply.
Users of the metal who launched the case are facing continued headaches about supplies as the warehouse backlogs they complained about are still largely in place, while sky-high surcharges remain for those wanting material immediately………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China allows 3 more banks including StanChart to import gold

Posted on 20 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China has allowed three more banks, including a foreign lender, to import gold, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said, as the world’s top gold buyer gears up for its strongest effort yet to gain pricing power of the metal.
The move, which brings the number of firms allowed to import gold into China to 15, comes ahead of the launch in September of a new international bullion exchange in Shanghai with which China hopes to become a price-discovery centre………………………………………..Full Article: Source

EU regulators say Germany, others in breach of energy law

Posted on 14 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

EU regulators have begun legal proceedings against 24 member states, including Germany, for failing to enforce a law on energy efficiency, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
Energy saving has risen up the list of EU priorities since the conflict with the European Union’s biggest oil and gas supplier Russia over its actions in Ukraine increased concerns about energy security………………………………………..Full Article: Source

IEA says sanctions have low impact on Russian oil

Posted on 13 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

US and EU sanctions on Russia’s oil sector are unlikely to have a major effect on production, the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday, chiming with comments from some market watchers that the restrictions are toothless.
“Neither set of sanctions will have any tangible near term impact on supplies. Even for the medium term, their impact appears questionable,” the energy watchdog for wealthy nations said in its widely-followed monthly oil market report………………………………..Full Article: Source

Citi still sees opportunity in more regulated, less volatile commodities markets

Posted on 11 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Citi is confident that it can run a lucrative commodities business in less volatile, more heavily regulated markets, the bank’s head of commodities sales told Metal Bulletin. Increasing compliance costs and low volatility have together driven margins in commodities banking progressively lower over the past few years and changed the landscape of the sector markedly, Citi’s José Cogullodo said in an interview.
With costs rising and order volumes falling, running a vanilla agency-style commodities brokerage is not an attractive proposition in the post-crisis, post-supercycle environment, he said. In addition, new regulations are prohibiting banks from trying to boost profits by trading commodities for their accounts. In any event, this is becoming less rewarding as commodity prices chop about in narrower ranges, he said…………………………………….Full Article: Source

CFTC shows U.S. commodity manipulation laws have teeth: Kemp

Posted on 08 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

By extracting a $13 million penalty and imposing tough restrictions on future oil trading by Arcadia and others, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) this week sent a powerful signal that laws against market manipulation still have teeth.
The case challenges a now famous view expressed in 1991 by commodities lawyer Jerry Markham that manipulation of commodity futures prices had become an unprosecutable crime………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Regulation becoming more burdensome for oil, gas independents

Posted on 05 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Regulations over the past 5 years have made operations more complex for independent oil and gas producers, according to a recent survey, Profile of Independent Producers 2012-13, released by the Independent Petroleum Association of America. A vast majority of respondents indicated that regulations have resulted in increased administrative costs, with 48% reporting slight increases and 43% reporting significant increases.
Air pollution standards represented the most pressing concern for independents, as 33% said it had the largest impact on operations while 35% said it had the second-largest impact on operations………………………………………..Full Article: Source

After China port fraud probe, messy legal fight chills metal trade

Posted on 04 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As global banks and trading houses fire off lawsuits over their estimated $900 million (534 million pounds) exposure to a suspected metal financing fraud in China, the tangled legal battle to recoup losses is set to drag on for years and hinder a swift recovery in metal trade.
HSBC is the latest bank to launch legal action since Chinese authorities started a probe into whether the firm at the centre of the allegations, Decheng Mining, used fake warehouse receipts to obtain multiple loans………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Energy Regulators Say EPA’s Climate Rule Poses Grid Challenges

Posted on 30 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

President Barack Obama’s proposed rule to curb carbon emissions from the nation’s power plants could raise costs and affect reliability in the U.S. electricity system, federal regulators told Congress.
But the commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the government agency charged with overseeing the electric grid and other parts of the nation’s energy infrastructure, also said at a House hearing the government has a responsibility to act on climate change………………………………………..Full Article: Source

British government to help fund new oil regulator until 2022

Posted on 17 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The British government announced on Wednesday another 3 million pounds ($5.14 million) a year in funding for the country’s new oil regulator until 2022, after which it will be fully financed by the industry.
The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), which will be based in Aberdeen, Scotland, will be responsible for ensuring that oil explorers squeeze as much oil and gas out of Britain’s North Sea as possible. It is expected to start operating later this year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: Budget 2014: Gold import duty retained at 10 per cent; bullion markets surprised

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

India surprised bullion markets by keeping the import duty on gold and silver unchanged at 10 per cent in its fiscal budget, a move likely to limit overseas purchases by the second-biggest bullion consumer and further encourage smuggling.
Indian gold futures jumped 2 per cent on Thursday, widening the premium over global prices which had narrowed on the expectation of a duty cut. India’s biggest gold trade group had said on Wednesday that the finance minister would likely cut the gold import duty to 6 per cent in the newly elected government’s first budget presentation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Pentagon uses wrong oil price and fails to hedge fuel bill: Kemp

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The U.S. Department of Defense has been using the wrong oil price in its budget, leaving the largest single buyer of fuel in the world with liabilities potentially hitting billions of dollars. The Pentagon continues to rely on WTI prices even though Brent oil is more relevant to the cost of fuels it buys on behalf of the armed forces.
Using the wrong benchmark has introduced increasing risk into the military budget, according to a critical report published on Tuesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) (“Bulk Fuel Pricing: DOD needs to re-evaluate its approach to better manage the effect of market fluctuations”)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

UK watchdog says no evidence that gold price is rigged

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Collusion among banks in setting the gold price benchmark was possible but there is no evidence of this, a senior British regulator said on Wednesday when answering lawmakers’ questions on the trustworthiness of the gold market.
Gold prices and other benchmarks have come under scrutiny, with banks fined $6 billion for rigging the Libor interest rate, used to price a range of financial products. Allegations are also emerging of potential rigging of currency markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

British MPs urge watchdog to probe price-rigging in gold market

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

British MPs have called on the UK’s financial watchdog to investigate allegations of price-rigging in the London gold market after a senior regulatory executive said that there may have been co-ordinated attempts to manipulate a crucial benchmark.
Members of the influential parliamentary Treasury select committee pressed the Financial Conduct Authority to act after hearing evidence on Wednesday from gold market analysts who believe there is scope to rig the daily price-setting process and that it has probably been exploited frequently………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Metals Probe Not a ‘Fundamentally Significant Issue for the Industry’, says BHP

Posted on 03 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

BHP Billiton Ltd. played down fears that a probe into commodity-backed loans in China would have a lasting effect on the mining industry. Mike Henry, marketing president for BHP, said Wednesday that jitters about the investigation were overblown and that it hadn’t affected BHP or the broader industry “in any serious way.” BHP is the world’s largest miner by market value.
Metal traders recently warned China’s commodity imports could face an extended fall from near-record rates as banks withhold credit and customs officials tighten checks on incoming shipments. That followed allegations a Chinese trading company illegally pledged metals as collateral to more than one lender………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China, Singapore vie for Asia gold pricing alternative to London

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China and Singapore are vying to provide feasible gold price benchmarks in Asia, as calls grow in the top consuming region for more localized pricing of the precious metal at a time when the global benchmark is under regulatory scrutiny.
Singapore said at an industry conference on Wednesday it would launch a physical gold contract on an exchange to create a transparent form of pricing. China, at the same conference, said it wanted to have a bigger influence on the global gold market and would like to have its own price ‘fix’………………………………………..Full Article: Source

US commodities regulator wrestles hedgers and speculators

Posted on 23 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A meeting on commodities regulation held in Washington this week at times felt like an argument among lexicographers. The words “hedger” and “speculator” have long had agreed definitions in commodities markets, so much so that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission publishes them in its online glossary.
But as the agency, prodded by the US Congress, attempts to impose a new rule constraining speculators, the yin-yang nature of these two types of traders is blurring into grey………………………………………..Full Article: Source

CFTC rules risk hedging commodities – experts

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A panel of commodities traders have warned the CFTC it could hurt end users. Commodities experts have rallied against a plan by the US derivatives watchdog to limit speculative positions on commodities, arguing the rules would harm legitimate end users who use the products to hedge.
The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) hosted a public roundtable on Thursday comprising all five members of the agency, including the new chairman Timothy Massad. But experts at the roundtable argued that the commission does not understand the complexity of physical commodity hedging, and called for a hedging exemption for corporates and end-users to allow them to manage their risk effectively, free from unnecessary regulation………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Regulator Investigates Controls at Deutsche Bank Commodities Unit

Posted on 20 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Germany’s top financial regulator recently investigated internal controls at Deutsche Bank AG’s commodities unit, according to a person familiar with the probe. The regulator, BaFin, sent a letter to the bank outlining its findings in April, this person said. It’s not known whether the regulator found deficiencies in the bank’s processes or instructed the bank to make any changes. It is also not known what prompted the investigation.
Deutsche Bank AG said in December that it would exit most of its commodities trading business. Changes to bank regulations have made it tougher for banks to generate profits from commodities trading………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Forward Markets Commission working on single clearance for commodity exchanges

Posted on 17 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Forward Markets Commission has set up a working group to prepare a roadmap and a structure for a common clearing system for all commodity exchanges in the country in order to reduce transaction costs of market participants and strengthen risk management systems.
The commodity markets regulator announced this in an office memorandum on Monday. The move comes in the backdrop of the payment crisis involving the National Spot Exchange Ltd that broke out in July last year when the exchange could not settle contracts………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China Commodity Loans Add to Surge in Offshore Borrowing

Posted on 13 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The commodity-backed loans at the center of a probe into an alleged financial scam at a Chinese port are part of a ramp-up in offshore borrowing by Chinese companies that Beijing is looking to tamp down.
As Chinese authorities tightened credit at home in the past year, local firms instead looked abroad for financing. Asian-Pacific banks alone had $1.2 trillion in loan exposure to China at the end of 2013, up two-and-a-half times from 2010, according to Fitch Ratings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

FMC sets new norms for commodity exchanges

Posted on 13 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodity market regulator Forward Markets Commission has amended regulations for corporate governance and independent director in commodity exchange. The regulator has now aligned the norms in line with the new Companies Act.
The new FMC norms lays emphasise on appointment of different committees to assist the management take decisions. To start with, it has suggested formation of eight committees, including the one on technology………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities Regulator Names New Enforcement Chief

Posted on 11 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Wall Street’s smallest regulator has hired a big-name enforcement director. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced on Tuesday that Aitan D. Goelman, a former federal prosecutor turned white-collar defense lawyer, would become the head of its enforcement division. Mr. Goelman, a 45-year-old trial lawyer, will join the agency from the Washington office of Zuckerman Spaeder, where he is a partner.
“He will be a tough, aggressive and fair leader at a critical time in the commission’s history,” Timothy G. Massad, who became chairman of the agency last week, said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Worries Hit Commodity Finance Sector as China Opens Investigation

Posted on 10 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Is the metal stored in a Chinese warehouse really there? Has the peanut oil shipment that a bank loaned money against been swapped for worthless water? Basic questions like these have begun to play on the minds of traders and bankers doing business in China, the world’s largest importer of raw materials, after an investigation began at Qingdao Port, a huge trading hub in the northeast, into whether more than one license had been issued for the same material.
The duplication, which leaves buyers out of pocket when they claim what they thought was theirs, may be a result of deliberate fraud by a company using the same metal to raise multiple loans………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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