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An Overview Of Major Sources Of Data And Analyses Relating To Physical Fundamentals In International Commodity Markets

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The debate on whether price movements in commodity markets are determined by changes in physical supply and demand fundamentals or by the speculative effects of financial investors seems to find some element of agreement on one particular point: the need for increased transparency and improved information on futures markets and physical commodity markets. This discussion paper provides an assessment of the current situation with regard to availability of information on physical commodity markets, pointing to some of the existing information gaps and areas for improvement. The paper presents a comprehensive account of the different information sources for physical commodity markets (including their websites), and could therefore be considered a practical information tool in itself, of use to different stakeholders interested in knowing about developments in these markets.

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  • Pilar Fajarnes, 2011. "An Overview Of Major Sources Of Data And Analyses Relating To Physical Fundamentals In International Commodity Markets," UNCTAD Discussion Papers 202, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
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