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February 27, 2014

Keeping the faith in commodity trading

“The commodities trading landscape is changing.”

“Faced with rising costs, increased regulation and directionless markets, big banks such as Deutsche Bank are retrenching or retreating from the sector.”

“It is a trend that looks set to continue.”

“‘Sentiment-driven and largely directionless markets, alongside declining client interest, has seen total revenues for the leading 10 commodities investment bank businesses across the globe fall to just below a third of their peak, from $14.1bn in 2008 to $4.5bn in 2013, with no foreseeable prospect of recovery,’ the UK’s financial watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority, said in a report published on Thursday.”

“‘At the same time, there has been a rise in regulatory costs and risks associated with undertaking this business, as one of the asset classes most affected by regulatory change,’ the report added.”

 

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Read full Financial Times article here.

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