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Banks: A love-hate relationship with commodities

Posted on 11 August 2014

Banks have had a chequered involvement in commodities over the years, and have much to mull over as the race to expand in the market begins once again. When grain merchants in sixth-century Lombardy began issuing loans to farmers in return for a share of future crop production, they were laying the foundations of the modern banking system.
By also accepting readily marketable commodities such as gold as collateral for those loans, and later issuing money backed by that collateral, the Lombardy merchants were building a framework for the world’s first private and central banks, as Randall Guynn, a lawyer at Davis Polk who represents many of the world’s leading merchant banks and broker-dealers, told the US Senate Banking Committee last year……………………………………..Full Article: Source


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