The commodities industry is adjusting to a ‘new normal’: plentiful supply and sluggish demand. Consequently, over the last 18 months, a range of commodity prices has plunged, few more so than oil, which has fallen towards lows not seen since the 2008 global financial crisis.
Over the last 18 months, the global oil trading industry is experiencing substantial change. A blend of low commodity prices, capital requirements and increased price transparency has eroded margins, reduced arbitrage opportunities and modified the players participating in this competitive arena. Stringent regulatory measures have led to rising complexity costs and a tightening of the financing environment.
In response to shifting dynamics, the leading trading houses are adapting their core business model, status-quo trading patterns and risk management measures. KPMG Global Energy Institute’s latest publication: ‘Unfolding trends in the Oil Trading sector’, highlights six core macro developments shaping the industry today and delves into how oil trading entities are adapting to navigate through a tumultuous time.