Shipping and Commodity Academy

How To Start Physical Commodity Trading Without Experience

Damien / 14 March 2024 / Commodity trading - Trade finance - Trading companies

Starting a commodity trading business without prior experience can seem daunting, but it is possible. In a short video, Daniel, a former commodity trader, shares his insights on how to get started in this field. He emphasizes the importance of starting small and building up experience from the ground up.

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The Secret of Successful New Commodity Trading Companies

Damien / 13 March 2024 / Commodity trading - Trading companies

Starting a new company can be both exciting and challenging. Runebar Energy, a new commodity trading company that was recently incorporated, is experiencing the realities of starting a company from scratch. Despite the scaling issues and operational challenges they are facing, Runebar Energy is determined to hire the right people and put a proper risk management system in place.

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MF Global Collapse (2011): The Full Story of a Brokerage Firm's Bankruptcy Due to Heavy Bets on European Sovereign Debt and Its Impact on Commodity Futures Trading

Dan Venon / 12 March 2024 / Commodity trading - Trading companies

In 2011, MF Global, a brokerage firm that had been in business for over 200 years, filed for bankruptcy. The collapse of the firm was shocking to many, as it was considered a reputable player in the industry. The reason for the collapse was attributed to the firm's heavy bets on European sovereign debt, which resulted in significant losses.

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Barings Bank Collapse (1995): How Nick Leeson's Unauthorised Trading Led to a Market Disaster

Leon / 11 March 2024 / Commodity trading - Trading companies

In 1995, Barings Bank, one of the oldest and most prestigious banks in the UK, collapsed due to the unauthorized speculative trading activities of one of its employees, Nick Leeson. Leeson's actions led to losses of over £800 million, which ultimately proved too much for the bank to bear. The collapse of Barings Bank had far-reaching consequences, affecting not only the bank itself but also several commodity markets around the world.

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Silver Thursday (1980): The Hunt Brothers' Attempt to Corner the Silver Market and the Resulting Market Crash

Dan Venon / 08 March 2024 / Commodity trading - Trading companies

In 1980, the Hunt brothers, Nelson Bunker and William Herbert, attempted to corner the silver market, leading to one of the most significant market crashes in history. The Hunt brothers, who inherited their father's oil business, were known for their wealth and influence in the commodities market. They believed that the US government's decision to increase interest rates and allow the dollar to appreciate would lead to inflation and a rise in silver prices.

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