Tag Archive for 'commodities'

Computers quieter,faster than open outcry

Another floor of shouting traders has just closed in New York, after CME Group closed its open outcry trading pits in New York. Trading pits continue in Chicago but much reduced. Securities exchanges used to heave with drama, excitement, noise and emotion, gradually the computers have taken over.

IMF cuts African growth forecast

Africa’s growth is slowing dramatically, says the International Monetary Fund, and is likely to be 3.75% this year and 4.25% next year. It could get worse if the global economy does not grow.

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange gets online trading platform

The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) has unveiled an online trading platform, eTRADE, that has capacity for nearly 5,000 times more transactions than its current “open outcry”.

New commodity exchange to transform Ghana’s agriculture

A public-private partnership consortium, including the Government of Ghana (as minority), local and international investors, aim to finalize fund-raising for a new Ghana Commodity Exchange (GCX) during April and to build the exchange within 12 months.

BaDEx getting ready to launch as Zambia’s second securities exchange

A new securities exchange in Lusaka, BaDEx (Bonds and Derivatives Exchange Zambia) is installing tried-and-tested bond and derivative trading software from South Africa’s STT Software, which supplies the JSE, and says it will be ready to launch operations next month, May 2012. BaDEx trading platforms will include spot and derivative trading in bonds, currency, commodities (such as derivatives on metals and silo certificates on the spot market) and a variety of other derivatives including agricultural commodities, precious metals, equity and energy.

JSE reports 12% jump in commodity derivatives trades in 2010

South Africa’s JSE Ltd traded 2.1 million commodity derivative contracts in 2010, up 12% on the previous year but still below the record 2.5 mn contracts traded in 2008. White maize accounted for 46% of all grains traded on the JSE, wheat accounted for 27% and yellow maize 16%.