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Singapore bourse and Baltic Exchange agree terms

Posted on 23 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Asian exchange hopes to establish Singapore as ideal location for trading and settlement of shipping contracts. SGX has moved closer to clinching an acquisition of the Baltic Exchange, after agreeing terms with the UK bourse and winning backing from shareholders representing a majority of share capital.
The Singapore exchange and the Baltic said on Monday they had agreed a cash bid of £160.41 per share and a final dividend of £19.30 per share, revised up from £18.80 offered two weeks ago………………………………………..Full Article: Source

LBMA says banks back its plan to change London gold market

Posted on 19 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Members see an electronic trade repository as the best way to improve transparency. The body charged with regulating London’s $5tn a year gold market says banks in the city are backing its plans to bring greater transparency to the market as the London Metal Exchange prepares to launch a gold futures exchange.
Ruth Crowell, head of the London Bullion Market Association, said its members, which include some of the world’s biggest banks, see an electronic trade repository as the best way to improve transparency and address regulatory pressure that is threatening to drive up costs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

London Metal Exchange may need to look to China

Posted on 16 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Middle Kingdom may offer LME liquidity and volume as it adjusts to commercial operations. If it’s been a tough time for commodity traders, it hasn’t been any easier for the exchanges on which they trade and hedge their exposures.
The London Metal Exchange was bought in 2012 by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing for what seemed to many like an eye-watering sum of £1.4bn. Most of that went to its members, in direct proportion to the number of shares they held; the amounts received varied from around £30m-odd to approximately £100m for those who had the foresight to mop up the available shares as members quit the LME in prior years………………………………………..Full Article: Source

HKEx Profit on London Metal Exchange Drops as Trading Falls

Posted on 11 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd. said earnings from its commodities business — primarily the London Metal Exchange — extended their slump in the first half as the world’s biggest metals bourse battles lower trading volumes.
The unit’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization fell 19 percent to HK$513 million ($66 million) in the six months to June, from HK$632 million a year earlier, for their second consecutive decline over the half-year period. The HKEx’s first-half Ebitda across all its businesses, including equities and derivatives trading, fell 25 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Gold Back to Futures on London Metal Exchange After Thirty Years

Posted on 09 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Three decades after London’s exchange-traded gold contract flopped, it’s coming back. The London Metal Exchange, along with the World Gold Council and a group of banks and trading firms, are starting a new venture called LMEprecious, which will introduce centrally-cleared gold and silver contracts in the first half of next year, and later add platinum and palladium, according to a joint statement.
The LME is moving into gold to capture part of the $5 trillion over-the-counter market in London, the global hub for trading the metal, as regulators push for more regulation over commodities trading and centralized clearing………………………………………..Full Article: Source

London Metal Exchange cuts fees after pressure from members

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Parent group HKEx in climbdown after chief had said group was not ‘ripping off’ customers. The London Metal Exchange has bowed to pressure from disgruntled members and slashed fees for one of its most popular trades in an attempt to stem falling activity.
The move is a climbdown for the world’s centre for metals trading and its parent company Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, which bought the 139-year-old exchange for £1.4bn in 2012. Charles Li, chief executive of HKEx, had defended the LME’s fee structure as recently as June, saying its charges were not excessive and it was not “ripping off” its members………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Tanzania gears up to become regional commodity trading hub

Posted on 08 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Tanzania Commodity Exchange (TCX) is set to make Tanzania a hub for commodity trading in East African region that will involve setting up exchange associations and fostering relationships with International agencies. This is according to TCX Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, John Chaggama.
Commodity Exchanges integrates functioning of several key components of agriculture trade namely farmers, traders to services like Warehouse and Warehouse receipt system. It brings in standardization of quality and allows people to trade using efficient banking channels making transactions more transparent and fast for the participants………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Exchanges Supercharge Rules to Fight Cheaters Based Outside U.S.

Posted on 04 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Foreign day traders were breaking rules and dodging regulators when Chris Concannon left Nasdaq Inc. in 2009. When he returned to the exchange industry five years later, he was dismayed to find it was still happening.
Now Concannon, back in the industry as chief executive officer of Bats Global Markets Inc., is leading the charge against brokers that enable manipulators. Bats got regulators’ approval to move quickly against market participants whose clients engage in illegal practices like spoofing, barring them in weeks rather than the months or years it used to take………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity derivatives: Sebi finalising stricter warehousing rules

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is to finalise stricter regulations for warehouse service providers (WSPs) that are recognised by commodity exchanges (comexes), especially for storing goods meant for selling on the exchange platforms. This will be very significant for trading in agricultural commodities.
Sebi has asked its Commodity Derivatves Advisory Committee to give its views and a meeting this month will discuss the new regulations. Sebi will be assigning the responsibility of settlement of futures contracts to commodity derivatives exchanges………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Singapore Exchange prepares formal offer to buy UK’s Baltic Exchange

Posted on 03 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) is readying a formal offer to buy London’s Baltic Exchange following months of discussions that culminated in exclusive talks between both parties, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Founded in 1744, the privately-owned Baltic Exchange is no longer a forum for chartering vessels but owns benchmark indexes for global shipping rates and provides a trading platform for the multi-billion dollar freight derivatives market. The sources said both sides had reached key milestones for a deal to proceed and that SGX was getting ready to make a formal offer………………………………………..Full Article: Source

What has changed in commodity market norms after NSEL

Posted on 01 August 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Since the absence of stock in warehouses was at the heart of the NSEL settlement crisis, Forward Markets Commission also overhauled warehouse norms. A merger which was in the works since 2006 finally came to fruition almost a decade later, hastened by the Rs.5,574-crore settlement crisis in National Spot Exchange Ltd (NSEL).
Folding in the Forward Markets Commission (FMC), the erstwhile commodity markets regulator, with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) in September 2015 is perhaps the most important fallout of the NSEL crisis, say market participants………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: MCX wins best commodity exchange award

Posted on 28 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The country’s largest commodity exchange MCX has been awarded as the ‘Best Commodity Exchange’ by the Bullion Federation, a national level apex body of bullion industry.
The award recognises MCX’s commitment towards developing a vibrant commodity futures market in India by providing a robust and efficient platform for price discovery and risk management across a diverse range of precious metal, energy, base metal and agriculture products, the exchange had said in a statement on Tuesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

HKEX to put LME clearing link plans on hold due to Brexit - CEO

Posted on 21 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Britain’s vote to leave the EU has prompted the Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEX) to put on hold a commodities clearing link with its London Metal Exchange (LME), dealing a blow to its bid to make the LME more profitable.
Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Chief Executive Charlies Li said the planned link-up would now have to wait due to the uncertainty created by the British vote last month. Other LME initiatives, however, should not be affected by the Brexit vote, Li wrote in his blog published on Wednesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

London Metal Exchange price exclusivity falls on global stage

Posted on 19 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Globally, base metal trading has expanded since the sale of the London Metal Exchange (LME) to the HKEx. Taking the two main exchanges for base metals – the LME and the Shanghai Futures Exchange (SHFE) – the average monthly volume of the six main base metals rose 23.8% since July 2012.
At the same time, the LME share of the trading has fallen from 89.7% in July 2012 to 77.8% in June 2016, even taking out the double-counting of Chinese contracts. The LME has lost its position due both to self-imposed measures, the growth of other exchanges, and the shift in the globally center of manufacturing to East Asia………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Tokyo Commodity Exchange to launch Physical Gold Market

Posted on 15 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Tokyo Commodity Exchange Inc. (TOCOM) has announced today that July 25th will be the start date of new Gold Physical Transaction, pending regulatory approval. Gold is the most actively traded commodity at the Exchange with both futures and options contracts listed.
Simultaneously, TOCOM will introduce a delivery at settlement option for the Gold Rolling Spot contract. Originally a cash-settled contract, the change is expected to better serve investor needs………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Trading on commodity exchanges surges in first half

Posted on 14 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Six major international commodity exchanges saw trading volume jump 16% year on year during the first half of 2016, fueled by an inflow of funds to crude oil and safe-haven buying of gold.
About 887.19 million contracts changed hands during the first six months of the year, marking the fourth straight half to see year-on-year growth. The survey covered the New York Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, the Intercontinental Exchange in the U.S. and Europe, the London Metal Exchange and the Tokyo Commodity Exchange………………………………………..Full Article: Source

BSE plans trading in commodity derivative segment

Posted on 12 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Leading bourse Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) plans to launch commodity derivative segment which will allow trading in metals and has approached market regulator Sebi for approval. “BSE plans to set up a commodity derivative segment as soon as approvals are in place. It would consist of non-agricultural commodities like metal, oil and gas,” BSE Managing Director and CEO Ashishkumar Chauhan said.
Post the merger of the capital market regulator Sebi and commodity market watchdog Forward Market Commission (FMC), the exchange members need not create a separate subsidiary to start commodity trading………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Top China commodity exchange pledges ‘zero tolerance’ for abuse

Posted on 12 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Shanghai Futures Exchange has vowed it won’t tolerate any abuse of trading rules after the unprecedented boom-bust episode earlier this year, adding that its products aren’t for mom and pop investors.
“Futures isn’t a mass market but a professional one,” the exchange said in comments to Bloomberg News. There’ll be “zero tolerance” of any activity that violates regulations, according to the statement, which said more than 900 cases of what it called abnormal activity were settled in the first five months………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity trade in UK may have some position limit leeway after Brexit

Posted on 06 July 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Britain-based commodity exchanges may have some leeway in the way they manage large positions after the UK exits the European Union, but they will still have to comply with EU rules from 2018, experts say.
Position limits, a way of controlling how much of an individual commodity trading firms can hold, are being introduced for the first time in the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) from January 2018. Britain voted to leave the EU last month, but its exit has to be negotiated with the remaining 27 members, a process that is meant to be completed within two years of triggering a formal legal process………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Ghana Commodity Exchange exchange to provide collateral to farmers

Posted on 23 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Ghana Commodity Exchange has introduced an initiative that will make it possible for farmers to access loans from banks using their produce as collateral.
Under the initiative dubbed ‘Warehouse Receipts System’, farmers or traders who subscribe to the GCX platform will be granted a receipt covering their goods after depositing them at the various warehouses set up by the Exchange. The receipt can then be presented to banks to serve as collateral in the event that holders want to access loans………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities exchange to begin trading 2017

Posted on 22 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The team working on Ghana’s commodities exchange, the first in West Africa, is confident trading on the exchange will commence in the first quarter of 2017 - starting with Maize, Rice and Soy-beans. Launched by President John Mahama a year ago, the Ghana Commodities Exchange (GCX) will serve as a common platform for trading local commodities in a transparent and uniform manner with a view to giving farmers a ready market and improving livelihoods.
With institutions like Wienco and the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) in the fray, Project Coordinator Robert Dowuona Amoo is confident trading will see a soft launch this October or November, with full-scale operation and trading taking off in the first quarter of 2017………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Indian regulator Sebi plans checklist to approve listing for commodities futures trade

Posted on 21 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Capital markets regulator Sebi plans to have a 13-point checklist to approve the listing and delisting of commodities from futures trading, two persons aware of the development told ET. The rules were slated to be discussed by Sebi with the commodity derivatives advisory committee (CDAC) sub-group on new products and participants on Monday.
Sebi will seek the feedback of CDAC before finalising the checklist. “The structured note will consider the objective and subjective parameters of the checklist before finalising it,” said one of the persons. “The objective part will comprise issues of liquidity, production statistics, shelf life, etc. The subjective part will examine issues of political sensitivity of the commodity, whether it’s widely dispersed, internationally traded, susceptibility to cartelisation, etc,” he added………………………………………..Full Article: Source

HK Exchanges makes new bid to boost China metal market role

Posted on 15 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd, which bought the London Metal Exchange in 2012 for $2.2 billion, plans to start a metals trading platform in the first half of next year in southern China as it bids to secure a foothold in the world’s biggest consumer and producer of raw materials.
Grappling with a slide in volumes after a fee increase, and shrinking profits from commodities, the bourse aims to provide a marketplace for physical metals that will eventually generate benchmark prices in China. Futures in the country have traditionally been dominated by day-trading speculators and the HKEX model is specifically targeted at physical users, producers and traders………………………………………..Full Article: Source

HKEX Makes New Bid to Boost Metal Market Role in Mainland China

Posted on 14 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd., which bought the London Metal Exchange in 2012 for $2.2 billion, plans to start a metals trading platform in the first half of next year in southern China as it bids to secure a foothold in the world’s biggest consumer and producer of raw materials.
Grappling with a slide in volumes after a fee increase, and shrinking profits from commodities, the bourse aims to provide a marketplace for physical metals that will eventually generate benchmark prices in China………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kenya ripe for commodity exchange market, experts say

Posted on 14 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Speaking ahead of a Commodity Trading and Risk Management Seminar that gets underway today, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Matanda Wabuyele said such a market would save farmers from low prices offered by speculative middlemen.
“It will be a platform where buyers and sellers meet with certain rules and conditions to ensure that people are able to sell their commodities in a transparent way and hedging against price volatility,” said Wabuyele. A commodity market trades in primary economic sectors such as agricultural products and minerals as opposed to manufactured products. In the region, Ethiopia and Rwanda have such markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

HKEX to establish national spot metals platform in China early next year, says official

Posted on 08 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, which owns the London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest metals bourse, plans to set up a national platform for spot metals trading in Qianhai, China to tap into the huge need among Chinese companies to diversify raw material supply sources and hedge exposure to price volatility, a top HKEX official said Tuesday.
HKEX is currently building a trading system for the project and will register a company in the Qianhai special economic zone in Shenzhen and hire appropriate talent, said Li Gang, co-head of the market development division for HKEX………………………………………..Full Article: Source

London Metal Exchange faces new challenge

Posted on 08 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you want to understand why some members of the London Metal Exchange (LME) are so unhappy with the way things are going that they are considering forming their own metals-trading platform, look no further than the latest exchange notice to members.
Dated Monday, the LME said it has received an application for exchange membership from Jump Trading Futures LLC. If accepted as a Category 3 (”Associate Trade Clearing”) member, Jump Trading will be able to trade and clear its own business on the LME but won’t be able to issue client contracts or trade on the open-outcry ring………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodities break into bull market, turning TSX into a global leader

Posted on 07 June 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Commodities from oil to gold have ended their epic swoon – and, in the process, turned Canadian stocks into some of the world’s hottest offerings. The Bloomberg Commodity Index, which tracks 22 raw materials, finished Monday more than 20 per cent above its low on Jan. 20, meeting the most common definition of a bull market.
The new exuberance in raw materials prices has shaken the Canadian stock market out of last year’s slump and transformed it one of the best-performing exchanges in the world so far in 2016. Monday’s trading extended the winning streak in the S&P/TSX composite index, which entered a bull market of its own late last week………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China commodity exchange to curb speculation

Posted on 31 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) will closely monitor the commodity market to stop illicit trading, said vice general manager Wang Fenghai. Wang said that spot prices of some commodities swung violently this year and he had seen signs of excessive speculation in the trading of coal and metal-related futures since April.
The DCE, one of China’s four futures exchanges, has raised deposits and commission for heavily traded futures, among other measures to curb speculation and maintain market order………………………………………..Full Article: Source

EFSA finalises amendments to commodity exchange draft law

Posted on 31 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority (EFSA) finalised the amendments to the draft law 95 of 1992 to establish a commodity exchange in the Capital Market, and intends to discuss them with the parties of the capital market in the coming days, chairperson of the authority Sherif Samy told Daily News Egypt.
He explained that the new regulations of the law are designed to regulate the relationship between the parties that deal with trading goods contracts, which include the exchange market itself, the suppliers of goods, brokerage firms, and traders of these contracts………………………………………..Full Article: Source

India: Merger of FMC with Sebi restored confidence on regulatory oversight of commodities

Posted on 26 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The merger of erstwhile commodities regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with the Securities and Exchange Board of India ( Sebi) was a landmark change in the regulatory sphere over the past two years, which also marked a beginning in the direction of forming a unified financial regulator.
Regulators in India’s capital markets have been the direct outcome of scams, which were the result of loopholes and the lack of an authority to enforce rules………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Turnover on Chinese commodity exchanges surged by $183 billion

Posted on 12 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

From the Dutch tulip craze of 1637 to America’s dotcom bubble at the turn of the century, history is littered with speculative frenzies that ended badly for investors. But rarely has a mania escalated so rapidly, and spurred such fevered trading, as the great China commodities boom of 2016.
Over the span of just two wild months, daily turnover on the nation’s futures markets has jumped by the equivalent of $183 billion, outpacing the headiest days of last year’s Chinese stock bubble and making volumes on the Nasdaq exchange in 2000 look tame……………………………………….Full Article: Source

China steel, iron ore futures dive as demand worries batter commodities

Posted on 10 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Chinese commodities dived on Monday, led by 6 percent falls in steel and iron ore futures, as deepening worries about China’s demand extended a fortnight of sharp drops and false rebounds in the country’s market for industrial metals.
Speculative funds rushed into China’s commodities futures last month, betting the country’s economy was bottoming. The buying frenzy alarmed domestic exchanges and regulators fearing a bubble could be forming as volumes and prices soared………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Tanzania: Commodities Exchange Ready for Rollout Next July

Posted on 10 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Tanzania Mercantile Exchange (TCX) is set to start operations in the next fiscal year after tackling some issues related to warehouse receipt. TCX is expected to start with cashew nut whose marketing season is between September and January.
The cash crop was chosen, thanks to its warehouse receipt system already in place. Capital Markets and Securities Authority (CMSA) Public Relations Manager Charles Shirima said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that currently experts are doing gap analysis study to ascertain the challenges that affected the warehouse systems prior to a sensitisation campaign for the launch of exchange………………………………………..Full Article: Source

World’s first diamond trading exchange going live from today

Posted on 05 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange (SDiX), the world’s first and only commodity exchange trading in physically settled diamonds, is going live from Thursday. This could change the way diamonds are traded.
At present, trading is done after viewing diamonds and usually one on one. Once the exchange picks up, it will be portal-based and with transparent pricing. This could also bring investors into diamonds………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Indian regulator Sebi may allow options in select commodities

Posted on 04 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is in talks with leading commodity exchanges about allowing options trading in select commodities. According to sources, the Multi Commodity Exchange might be allowed to introduce options in two metals, while the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) could be permitted options in two commodities from the oil complex.
“There is a vital need in the interest of the Indian economy to deepen the commodity derivatives market to attain the basis objectives of price discovery and provision of a platform for risk mitigation. The structural characteristics of options make them significantly attractive as a tool for price risk management.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

BSE, NSE fail to get nod for commodity trading platforms

Posted on 02 May 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Securities and Exchange Board of India or Sebi is creating a level playing field by restricting the entry of established players, says an expert. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has decided against allowing the two national stock exchanges to launch commodity trading platforms in the near term, said three people familiar with the development.
Both the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd (NSE) and BSE Ltd had sought permission to launch commodity trading on their exchanges after Sebi began regulating the commodity markets last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China securities regulator orders major commodities exchanges to control futures speculation

Posted on 29 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China’s securities regulator ordered the country’s major commodity futures exchanges this week to control speculative trading activity, sources told Reuters, after a surge in prices sparked fears of a boom-and-bust cycle.
In response, commodity futures exchanges in Dalian, Shanghai and Zhengzhou ordered major institutional investors that lack a commodities background to rein in their trading, three people with direct knowledge of the situation said. The sources didn’t define what was meant by a lack of background in commodities………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Iron ore, steel lead China commodities retreat as curbs bite

Posted on 28 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A major Chinese commodities exchange took further steps to calm volatile markets on Wednesday, hiking transaction fees and widening trade limits in a move that could make exiting futures contracts more orderly.
Iron ore and steel futures fell again in reaction to higher trading costs, brought in to deter speculative investors believed to be behind last week’s spike in prices and volumes that had stoked fears of a destabilizing crash. The Dalian Commodity Exchange said it would double the transaction fees on steelmaking raw materials coking coal and coke futures from Thursday, the fourth increase in a week………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nasdaq mulls new exchange to ease trading in illiquid ETFs - CEO

Posted on 28 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The acquisition of U.S. options exchange operator ISE from Deutsche Boerse AG was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice last week, Robert Greifeld, Nasdaq’s chief executive officer, said on a call with analysts.
The deal still needs approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but could close as early as the end of the quarter, versus earlier guidance of the second half of the year, he said on the call following the announcement of Nasdaq’s first-quarter earnings, which topped expectations………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Indian regulator mulls single licence for equity, commodity brokers

Posted on 27 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Markets regulator Sebi plans to introduce single license mechanism for equity and commodity brokers. The issue was discussed last week when Sebi chairman U K Sinha met domestic brokers. The proposed move is expected to reduce financial burden on brokers and would also help investors access equity and commodity markets through a single demat account, market participants said.
The proposal comes within a year since commodity market regulator Forward Markets Commission (FMC) was merged with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi)………………………………………..Full Article: Source

All you wanted to know about the Shanghai Gold Fix

Posted on 26 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China’s displeasure over the dollar’s supremacy in global financial markets is no secret. The Chinese feel the yuan should rightfully be the preferred reserve currency of all nations. In yet another move to dethrone the dollar, China has now decided to get its own gold benchmark that will be denominated in yuan.
While the Shanghai Gold Fix may not immediately have an impact on international gold prices, it does help diminish the need for the dollar. Gold prices will now be fixed twice every day in China, based on the contracts traded on the Shanghai Gold Exchange. Shanghai gold fix will compete with the popular benchmark, the London Fix, which is set by the London Bullion Market Association………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Hong Kong’s local gold exchange to work with ICBC in launch of Shenzhen services

Posted on 25 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Warehousing and physical settlement service planned for Qianhai free trade zone. The Hong Kong gold exchange has teamed up with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to launch gold trading services in the Qianhai free trade zone in September, providing custodial and physical settlement service targeted at commercial users and precious metals traders, according to the exchange head.
Haywood Cheung Tak-hay, the honorary permanent president of the 105-year-old Chinese Gold and Silver Exchange Society, said the exchange has teamed up with ICBC to use its gold vault in Qianhai as a temporary bonded warehouse for Hong Kong traders and manufacturers to store their gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China launches yuan gold fix to boost power in global bullion market

Posted on 20 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Top gold consumer China launched a yuan-denominated gold benchmark on Tuesday, in an ambitious move to exert more control over pricing of the metal and influence in the global bullion market.
The benchmark is a culmination of efforts by China over the last few years to reform its domestic gold market, attempting to gain a bigger say in the bullion industry, long dominated by London where the global spot benchmark price is set. As the world’s top producer, importer and consumer of gold, China has baulked at depending on a dollar price in international transactions, and believes its market weight should entitle it to set the price of gold………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Commodity futures lead charge in exchange-traded derivatives

Posted on 19 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Exchanges hope to capture a larger share of derivatives trading, on demand from emerging markets. Trading in commodity and currency derivatives surged on the world’s exchanges last year as traders in emerging economies used futures to hedge themselves against rising market volatility.
Overall volumes for exchange-traded derivatives rose 12 per cent to 23.4bn contracts in 2015, the first increase in four years, according to annual data collated by the World Federation of Exchanges, a trade association for 200 market infrastructure operators………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Senate committee approves authorization for U.S. commodities regulator

Posted on 15 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday approved a reauthorization of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, nearly three years after the legislative authority for the country’s commodities and swaps regulator expired. The head of the CFTC, Timothy Massad, praised the committee for clearing the way for the full Senate to vote on authorization.
“I am committed to continuing to work with Congress throughout this process, particularly on making sure end-users like agricultural producers can continue to safely and affordably use the derivatives markets, while ensuring these markets do not generate excessive risk to our financial system,” he said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

EEX acquires 100% of Cleartrade Exchange

Posted on 15 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The European Energy Exchange (EEX), the leading energy exchange in Europe, part of Deutsche Börse Group, will acquire the remaining shares in the Singapore-based Cleartrade Exchange (CLTX) from Freight Investor Holdings. The transaction will take effect as of 15th April 2016.
With this transaction, EEX further strengthens its commitment to become a global commodity exchange developing new asset classes and geographies, whilst continuing growth of its core markets. “With this transaction we are taking a further important step towards the expansion of EEX Group beyond Europe and beyond the energy sector”, explains Peter Reitz, Chief Executive Officer of EEX………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Indian Regulator mulls single licence for equity, commodity brokers

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) is working on a plan to allow a single licence for equity and commodity brokers, a move that will help the broking community reduce costs. Though both security and commodity market intermediaries are now regulated by Sebi, following the absorption of Forward Markets Commission (FMC) into it, they still adhere to different guidelines and requirements.
Sebi has initiated an exercise to have a common set of these. “Once the commodity market stabilises, we will allow each lot of brokers to operate in the other segment. It will be done in a gradual and phased manner, so the market isn’t disrupted in any way,” a senior Sebi official said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

ICEX plans re-launch in June

Posted on 12 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Reliance Capital-anchored Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) on Monday announced it plans to re-launch the exchange in two months, following the successful completion of its rights issue, which was fully subscribed by stakeholders.
The exchange was contemplating a rights issue for long and it was supposed to increase its net worth to meet regulatory criteria. “The board of directors of ICEX, in a meeting held in Mumbai on Monday, took on record that the ICEX rights issue has been fully subscribed at 100 per cent premium to face value, valuing the exchange at Rs 250 crore,” the exchange said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nigerian Govt to revitalise commodity exchange

Posted on 11 April 2016 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Federal Government plans to revitalise commodity exchange in Nigeria as part of a comprehensive development programme for the nation’s agricultural sector. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made this known last weekend at the First National Economic Forum organised by Vintage Press Limited, the publishers of The Nation Newspapers, in collaboration with CEEDEE Resources at Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
Osinbajo said the government would develop the commodity exchange system to support the development of the agricultural sector. He said government would revitalise the Abuja-based Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCX) and other infrastructure and operators in the whole commodity exchange value chain………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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