By Martin Thompson (Eds.)
First released in looseleaf structure in 1993, Base Metals instruction manual has been defined because the bible of the metals buying and selling group. The looseleaf is split into seven sections. the 1st of those offers a normal advent to the historical past, constitution and workings of the bottom metals markets, with specific connection with the London steel trade (LME). the subsequent sections evaluate aluminium, copper, lead, zinc, nickel and tin. all the sections on a selected steel experiences extraction and refining, the key markets for the steel, and the buying and selling surroundings. The looseleaf contains info on mineral reserves, mines, smelters and refiners, in addition to import-export flows, intake developments and metals stocks.
With its unusual editor and staff of individuals, Base Metals instruction manual will remain a typical reference for all these interested in generating and buying and selling base metals, together with agents, investors, analysts and investors.
- A usual reference for all inquisitive about generating and buying and selling base metals
- Divided into possible sections, protecting the industry and person metals
- Discusses the London steel Exchange
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The USA, has had sometimes a dramatic impact on prices. European governments were however tacitly supportive of aluminium cartel pricing arrangements prior to the establishment of the LME contract and yearnings for a return to such a regime have been covertly expressed from time to time; but less so in recent years as competition laws have been strengthened. Tin is the metal that has been the subject of most governmental attention, ultimately with disastrous results (see Chapter 7). The history of some of the key attempts to influence and control prices in the major base metals, and their implications for the LME, is given in the chapters on the individual metals.
Historically, Comex also had contracts for lead, tin and zinc, but these fell into effective disuse after the Second World War. Indeed it is doubtful they enjoyed much usage even before the war. An attempt was made to reintroduce a zinc contract in the mid-1970s but this was not a success and died within two weeks. Successive attempts have been made at introducing an aluminium contract over the past 25 years but none of these has been successful, including the latest effort launched in 1999. For many years there has been a Shanghai market for non-ferrous metals.
Even this one is not popular with industry because of its onerous clearing system. This is based upon the payment of cash for the settlement of initial and daily variation margin, although certain blue chip bills can be used for initial margin. It pays out all future profits immediately and this requires cash payment of future losses simultaneously. This is done on a daily basis. It is ideal for the speculator, but is distrusted by industry's cash flow-conscious company treasurers. Nonetheless Nymex's Comex division has managed to retain a firm grip on the pricing of copper and copper products in the North American domestic markets.
Base Metals Handbook by Martin Thompson (Eds.)