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23rd December 2010, 09:55 AM
Your tax dollar at work.......for the benefit of "them"

Single Traders Hold 90% Of Total Copper & Aluminum, 50-80% Of Nickel, Zinc At LME

As commodity prices soar to new records, the ability of a few traders to hold huge swaths of the world's stockpiles is coming under scrutiny.

The latest example is in the copper market, where a single trader has reported it owns 80%-90% of the copper sitting in London Metal Exchange warehouses, equal to about half of the world's exchange-registered copper stockpile and worth about $3 billion.

Single traders also own large holdings of other metals. One trader holds as much as 90% of the exchange's aluminum stocks. In the nickel, zinc and aluminum alloy markets, single traders own between 50% and 80% of those metals, and one firm has 40%-50% of the LME's tin stockpiles.

While commodities exchanges scrutinize all holdings to ensure a single player isn't trying to corner the market, and many of the positions are owned by big firms on behalf of clients, the large holdings do result in a concentration of ownership that could skew prices.

At the same time, thousands of new investors are flooding into the commodities markets, either directly or through exchange-traded funds, seeking to take advantage of an expected rise in prices of raw materials as the global economy continues to recover.

While commodities regulators in the U.S. are considering restricting the amount of futures contracts any one trader can hold, they have no jurisdiction over physical holdings.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. recently had a large position in copper, though it is unclear whether the U.S. bank increased its holdings or whether a new player has taken a dominant position.

Continue reading at the WSJ...


23rd December 2010, 12:45 PM
It's a bit crushing when it finally hits you how every single resource is finite and technically cornerable.

23rd December 2010, 02:22 PM
Thank you Egypt.........new word for me ........."Cornerable"......I knew the meaning of the word only because of the way that you used it.

23rd December 2010, 03:14 PM
That's weird I always thought that Ryedale and Ruprick had the copper market cornered ;)