Futures, options, and other financial derivatives form the foundation for the risk management needs of countless organizations across industries and around the globe. Here, we examine which tools are being used, who is using them, and how it’s helping navigate the risks of doing business.

China Copper

China and the Uncertain Future for Copper

When it comes to copper, no country is as pivotal as China given it alone accounts for 45 percent of…

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Rainy Season and Records for Grain Markets

  In its July supply and demand report, the USDA lowered its estimate for 2015 ending corn and soybeans by…


Will Lower Fuel Prices Help Farmers In Planting Season?

The drop in crude oil prices will only have a limited impact for farmers this growing season, as lower grain…

China Gold 2015

Why Gold Ownership Continues to Grow in China

The attention of the global gold market shifted decidedly eastwards in 2013 when China passed India as the world’s biggest…


Why It’s a Boom Time for Palm Oil: Interview with Chong Kim Seng

As the world’s largest exporter of palm oil, Malaysia is naturally positioned to be at the center of trade of…

Iron Ore

Is This The New Normal for Iron Ore?

Commodities are adjusting to the reality that the peak years of the China-driven commodity super-cycle are over.  With China producing…


Infographic: The Remarkable Growth of Options on Futures

  On October 15, 2014, CME Group’s overall volume set a new daily record of more than 39 million contracts….

RMB World

Can The Renminbi Become a Global Currency?

Over the past four years, China’s currency, the renminbi (RMB), has increasingly made its presence felt in global foreign exchange…


Ruble Futures Continue to Trade

  The Russian Ruble has been under pressure for most of the year due to Western sanctions over Ukraine and…

Livestock Trading Hours

Finding the Right Balance on Livestock Hours

  When we announced earlier this month that we were reducing livestock trading hours, the response we received from market…

Options Today's Number

Today’s Number: Options Records a Reflection of Global Events

  Options trading is growing rapidly, and for good reason.  We are seeing seismic shifts in volatility potential coming from…

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Rusal’s Hodgson on Aluminum Hedging

  In part three of our series on the challenges and opportunities in the aluminum market, we visit with Steve…