FSB says commodities markets are opaque and vulnerable

The “commodities ecosystem” is opaque and vulnerable to many of the same issues that affect wider non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI), the Financial Stability Board (FSB) says in a report published today (February 20).

Commodities markets involve a large number of heterogeneous players, but most of the activity is concentrated in a handful of non-financial firms that trade commodities. These key firms are connected to the “core financial system” via their relationships with banks, which