Summary of Price Formation in Commodities Markets

Financialisation and Beyond

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Price Formation in Commodities Markets summary
Globalization, technology and easy money have spawned a large, complex financial market in commodities.


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Commodity prices always have been volatile; however, since the turn of the 21st century, the financial markets’ influence has meant that commodity-specific factors alone no longer explain this volatility. The Centre for European Policy Studies experts Diego Valiante and Christian Egenhofer analyze the developments that have made the prices of everyday commodities subject to the same shocks as prices in financial markets. They warn that this interconnection poses profound risks to the real economy. getAbstract finds that this comprehensive report on global commodities provides a solid introduction to – as well as an in-depth study of – a complex marketplace and recommends it to financial executives, policy makers and investors looking to understand how commodities trading has become so intertwined with the financial markets.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What factors affect price formation in commodities markets
  • What developments led to the “financialization” of these markets
  • What areas policy makers need to examine to ensure the markets’ integrity and effectiveness


What Are Commodities?
“A commodity is a good with standard quality, verifiable ex ante, which can be traded on competitive and liquid global physical markets.” Every commodity has distinct features – such as seasonality, transportation and storage issues, and “substitutability...
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About the Authors

Diego Valiante heads research at the European Capital Markets Institute, part of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a think tank specializing in EU affairs. Christian Egenhofer, a visiting professor at several European universities, is a senior research fellow and head of CEPS’s energy and climate program.

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