Commodities Task Force: Fifth Meeting

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CEPS - Centre for European Policy Studies 1 Place du Congrès / Congresplein 1000 Brussels

On 20 January 2012, leading commodity experts met again in Brussels to discuss on this occasion agricultural commodities —and in particular the role of market infrastructure in allowing greater market access to small producers in the last decade. To match this novel demand of liquidity, new forms of investments (as indexes) have become very much present in these markets. Evidence seems to support a priori observations that these investment vehicles may have a short-term impact on prices. Yet, in the longer run fundamentals remain the major drivers of price changes and volatility. For instance, developments in biofuel technologies, demand from emerging markets and  government decisions determine expectations about future supply and demand, which ultimately feed into current stock levels and prices.

Please follow the link below to learn more about this task force and download the prospectus. For any questions do not hesitate to contact Research Fellow Diego Valiante at diego.valiante@ceps.eu or phone 0032 2 229 39 14.

Topics of this meeting: Agricultural and food commodities

  • Wrap-up of the main points from the last meeting
  • Introductory presentations by regulators
  • In-depth presentations by members
  • Conclusions of the meeting