It can be said that the world’s economy moves to the beat of commodities.  The production of cement, concrete, coffee, minerals, gold, and silver are just some of the most important commodities whose variation in prices can either boost an economy or bring it into recession.  However, perhaps no commodity is more important than oil. […]

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In the past few weeks, questions have been raised constantly about the current state of affairs when it comes to the oil and energy industry and specially to the prices of crude. It seems like there is a lot hanging in the balance and the prices are yet to stabilize. Experts talk about the numbers […]

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We all known that oil has been one of the most important economic and political factors in the last years. For decades, it has been vital for different nations, letting them play a significant role in our world. Thanks to the importance of hydrocarbons in our planet, countries like the United States, Spain, India or […]

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The basic definition of an over-the-counter (OTC) derivative is a bespoke, private derivatives contract that is negotiated directly between counterparties rather than being traded on an exchange. It sounds simple enough, but the reality is rather more complex. Read on for a closer look at some of the fundamentals of OTC derivatives. Why trade over-the-counter? […]

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July 21, 2010, marked the signing into law of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — the most comprehensive piece of financial legislation since the Great Depression. Of particular interest to many individuals and entities worldwide was Title VII of Dodd-Frank (as the Act quickly became known), which addressed critical gaps in […]

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As recent years have shown us, the adoption of appropriate risk management processes is a vital part of maintaining a healthy derivatives market. And for all derivatives market participants—from major financial institutions to first-time individual investors—the crucial first step of an effective risk management strategy is simply understanding the different types of risk associated with […]

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All derivatives contracts derive their value from the price of one or more underlying assets. But while a huge range of instruments can be used as underlying, the majority of derivatives products tend to be based on five broad underlying asset classes. Read on for a closer look at the different classes and examples of […]

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