Category: Commodities

Beyond copper: Commerzbank’s Robert von Oldershausen outlines the next steps for the Chilean economy in International Trade Magazine

2016 marked the latest year in a long period of unusual stagnation for the otherwise resilient Chilean economy. In a feature for International Trade Magazine, Robert von Oldershausen, Senior Relationship Manager for FI Latin America at Commerzbank, explains what has held back growth, and suggests the steps the country might take to economic resurgence. In the …

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What’s happened to FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa? Commerzbank’s Christian Toben explains in Banker Africa magazine

In an op-ed for Banker Africa magazine, Christian Toben, regional head of Africa at Commerzbank, sets out the challenges facing foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the continent, and looks for ways to bring them back up to scratch. FDI has been vital to the growth of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies. Inflows were promising over the last …

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Natixis’ Abhishek Deshpande sheds light on OPEC’s oil production freeze in The Economist

Following the decision taken by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) in November to cut production by 1.2m barrels a day – the first agreed cut since 2008 – Abhishek Deshpande, Natixis’ senior oil analyst, offered his oil market forecast to The Economist. While some speculators believe the production freeze marks the beginning of …

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Natixis’ Abhishek Deshpande discusses the oil market’s reaction to Trump’s victory on Bloomberg TV

As markets adapt to Donald Trump’s shock presidential victory, one key area of interest is the consequences for the global oil markets. Natixis’ chief oil analyst, Abhishek Deshpande, offered his views on the president-elect’s potential oil market impact to Bloomberg TV. “Given Trump is pro-fossil fuels, and pro-U.S. fossil fuels, in particular, it is likely …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Toben sees demographic dividends on the Sub-Saharan African horizon in Jeune Afrique

The UN hopes for “full and productive employment by 2030”. Writing for leading African political and economic magazine Jeune Afrique, Christian Toben, Regional Head of Africa at Commerzbank, notes that any chance of hitting this ambitious target will depend on the continent – home to about half of the additional global workforce expected over the …

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Energy markets in the spotlight: S&P Global Ratings releases the latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating news – suggests energy markets around the world are under tough scrutiny. In the front page feature, Pierre Georges, director of EMEA utilities, explains that in an environment of weak power prices, Europe’s nuclear fleets face …

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BNY Mellon and FX-MM host commodity trade focused roundtable in Geneva

Geneva is renowned for its rich trading history dating back to the 15th century. Yet, persistently low global commodity prices, combined with Switzerland’s negative interest rates, have made these particularly challenging times for this nerve-centre of trade. To coincide with the venue for Sibos 2016, BNY Mellon and FX-MM gathered together a number of Swiss …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Toben tests the economic waters in African Business magazine

In a feature for African Business magazine, the regional head of Africa at Commerzbank, Christian Toben, offers his perspective on the challenges facing Sub-Saharan African economies. After a “decade of considerable economic progress” countries across the region have been hit hard by weak commodity prices. Revenues from a host of key resources – from oil, coal and gas to …

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S&P Global Ratings goes green with its latest edition of IFR Outlook

The latest edition of IFR Outlook – S&P’s monthly newsletter summarising key infrastructure and project finance-related research and rating update news – is out now, and the outlook is green-tinted. This month, Michael Wilkins, Managing Director of Infrastructure Finance and Head of Global Environmental & Climate Risk Research, describes a new product to analyse and …

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Commerzbank’s first BPO transaction between China and Germany makes its mark on the specialist press

The Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) transaction covered the export of chemicals from China to Germany. The buyer, and Commerzbank’s client, was chemicals company TRIGON Chemie GmbH, based in Schlüchtern, near Frankfurt. The seller’s bank was the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) in Beijing. Transactions between the two were previously handled by documentary collection. …

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