2013 saw record after record in equities markets and a steady stream of factors that caused volatility in world currencies. But to OpenMarkets readers, commodities proved to be the most popular topic (for the second straight year). Four energy stories and two grains posts made it into our top 10 most viewed stories this year. Infographics proved to be popular as well with three of them cracking the top 10. Here’s our full list:
In May, Tim Andriesen wrote about the historic move of the Kansas City Board of Trade trading floor to Chicago, and what that means for wheat markets.
Gary Morsches wrote in March about the growing importance of the Louisiana Light Sweet/WTI spread, which has grown in importance with the vastly increased production of North American oil.
Jack Callahan wrote in May about the June 10, 2013 deadline for hedge funds, asset managers and regional banks to finalize central clearing arrangements for swaps under new Dodd-Frank requirements.
Suzanne Cosgrove reported on the trend of grocery store chains increasingly using futures markets to hedge their risk for commodities ranging from dairy to energy.
In August, Tim Andriesen wrote about why he expected to see further adoption of short-dated options from ag producers.
Debbie Carlson reported on why, with pipelines full, energy companies have begun shipping crude oil via rail, the way it was transported when the U.S. energy industry was in its infancy over 100 years ago.
The advances in North American oil production and capacity are broken down, telling the story of the energy renaissance in the United States and Canada.
Gary Morsches wrote in July about the reasons for trading growth in WTI and Brent at CME Group, and Oman crude at the Dubai Mercantile Exchange.
A timeline of what was a very active year for the Japanese yen in the wake of Abenomics and other factors.
China’s currency, the yuan, is slowly being opened to world markets. This graphic shows a timeline of key events and how trading in the currency has increased exponentially.