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Mastering the Commodities Markets by Francesca Taylor

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MARKET PARTICIPANTS

Having started my career as a geologist, I then moved into Treasury and Banking, I have a finance background and it is natural for me to look at commodities and observe where they fit within a financial framework – but that is not the whole story. We also need to consider the participants at the ‘sharp end’ of the commodities space – literally on the ground. Noted below are the participants that are commonly found in the commodities sector.

Financial participants

Bankers
  1. Most large firms have commodities trading desks, where trading either of the underlying physical commodity or of one of the specialised derivatives takes place. Many institutions use the acronym ‘FICC’ for their trading desks – fixed income, currencies ...

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