“Commodity players are a shrewd and indomitable lot. And the contracts they trade are still so loosely regulated that the correct combination of money and skill creates irresistible opportunity. That’s why I’m only half joking when I call them the secret club that runs the world.”
When most people think of the drama of global finance, they think of stocks and bonds, venture capital, high-tech IPOs, and complex mortgagebacked securities. But commodities? Crude oil and soybeans? Copper and wheat? What could be more boring?
That’s exactly what the elite commodity traders want you to think. They don’t seek the media spotlight. They don’t want to be as famous as Warren Buffett or Bill Gross. Their astonishing wealth was created in near-total obscurity, because they dwelled either in closely held private companies or deep within large banks and corporations, where commodity profits and losses weren’t broken out.
But if the individual participants in the great commodities boom of the 2000s went unnoticed, their impact did not. Over several years the size of the market exploded, and so did prices for raw materials—raising serious questions about whether the big traders were intentionally jacking up the cost of gasoline, food, and other essentials bought by ordinary people around the world. What was really driving all those price spikes?
Now Kate Kelly, the bestselling author of Street Fighters, takes us inside this secretive inner circle that controls so many things we all depend on. She gets closer than any previous reporter to understanding these whip-smart, aggressive, and often egomaniacal men (yes, they are nearly all men). They work hard, play hard, flaunt their wealth, and bet millions every day on a blend of facts, analysis, and pure gut instinct.
Kelly’s narrative focuses on one of the most extraordinary periods in financial history. Though the practice of gaming out price changes in commodities goes back to ancient Mesopotamia, it had never before reached the extremes of the early to mid-2000s. Kelly exposes the role of the hedge funds, banks, brokers, and regulators in this volatile market, through fascinating stories of “secret club” members such as . . .
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KATE KELLY, author of the New York Times bestseller Street Fighters, covers Wall Street for CNBC. She spent ten years at the Wall Street Journal, where she won a Livingston Award and two Gerald Loeb awards. She lives in Brooklyn with her family.From Booklist :
Hedging the risk of investing in commodities used to be the fairly dull province of a few brokers and traders on one side of a transaction and farmers and end users of crude oil, copper, and pork bellies on the other. But the great commodities boom of the early 2000s attracted flamboyant risk-takers, whose transactions ultimately produced wild swings in prices on gasoline, food, and other essentials and prompted regulators to try to crack down. CNBC market reporter Kelly (Street Fighters, 2009) unveils the secretive world of unregulated hedge funds, of banks and brokers who trade for their own accounts often against the interests of their customers. With exclusive access to the major players in the commodities market, Kelly offers fascinating portraits of huge egos and details of byzantine deals, including a massive merger aided by former UK prime minister Tony Blair. Among her subjects are a fuel trader whose trades saved a sagging Delta Air Lines and a trader at a Swiss commodities firm founded by American fugitive Marc Rich. This is an absorbing inside look at the shady world of multinational brokers. --Vanessa Bush
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