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Spread Betting Shares Plunge As EU Regulator Unveils Trading Crackdown

With two weeks to go before the implementation of the EU’s dreaded new regulatory overhaul, MiFID II has struck again… This time it’s hit the shares of several derivatives brokers which provide platforms for retail (mainly) investors to speculate on global stocks, currencies, commodities and ETFs. Only a few days ago, we explained how banks […]


China Commodity Carnage Continued Overnight As Brexit Fears & Bitcoin Cheers Dominate

Once again weakness in the US carried through to Asia with stocks unable to hold any National-Team-inspired gains, but it was the contagion to commodities that was most notable (as a hike in exchange fees snuffed out a lot of speculative fervor) European equities have followed suit from their Asia-Pac counterparts to trade higher across […]


Freeing Hamstrung Commodities Traders with Blockchain

The trading paradigms that dominate today’s investing landscape have undoubtedly served some of us well. For those who play by the rules, buying options or futures contracts is no strenuous exercise, and there is a huge market open at all hours of the day to serve willing participants. However, no matter how streamlined these practices […]


Could A Commodity Rally Help Spark Silver?

  Could A Commodity Rally Help Spark Silver? Written by Craig Hemke, Sprott Money News and TF Metals Report    While it is widely believed that commodities are one of the few “undervalued” sectors, sustained rallies have been hard to find over the past few years. Could all that be finally beginning to change?   […]


Mexico’s “Legendary” Oil Hedging Desk Spent $1.25 Billion On 2018 Puts

Mexico’s "legendary" oil hedgers (profiled her emost recently one year ago and by Bloomberg in this exhaustive article) are confident that prices won’t linger above $50 a barrel, because this summer, which is why the world’s most-active sovereign oil-trading desk spent a near record $1.25 billion on put options to lock in export prices for […]


WTI Jumps Despite Surprise Inventory Build, Production Rebound

Following last night's (API-reported) big product draws (and crude build), WTI slid lower (RBOB higher) into this morning's DOE data, but both WTI/RBOB prices jumped after the report showed major product draws (and a Cushing destocking). WTI rallied despite a big surprise build (+856k vs -3mm exp) and a major rebound in production after Hurricane […]


Stocks Surge To Moar Record Highs But Taylor Chatter Spooks Bonds, Dollar, & Gold

Another day, another record high…   To begin – 'Murica, fuck yeah!!   North Korea headlines and 'John Taylor For Fed Head' headlines prompted some turmoil in FX markets, bond markets, and commodity markets… but stocks didn't even blink…   Trannies were worst with Small Caps clinging to unch but GS, AAPL, JPM, and TRV […]


“Dr.Copper”‘s Contango Crushes Economic Hype

We warned two weeks ago that China's "Bronze Swan" was looming as the crackdown on leverage in the system by Chinese authorities may be forcing unwinds of the CCFDs – thus putting upward pressure on Copper futures (unwinding short positions) and selling physical copper (which would mean procuring the physical metal before passing it on). Those effects were exactly what we […]


Did China’s Bronze Swan Just Arrive? Copper Inventories Crash Most In History

Buyers withdrew more copper from the London Metal Exchange’s global warehouse network on Wednesday than at any time since daily records began in 1996, extending a 19-day drop. As Bloomberg notes, while the net decline in percentage terms was also the biggest since the height of China’s raw-materials boom in 2006, some have warned against reading such […]


Inside The “Wildest Commodity Trade” Ever… Just Don’t Blink

Besides the hilariously fabricated economic data and the whole central planning bit – both of which are now everywhere these days – the one most notable feature about China’s economy and capital markets are the constantly rolling, bursting and resurrecting asset bubbles: from housing, to stocks, to bonds, to commodities, to cryptocurrencies, to pretty much […]