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Anyone here work in HY/distressed broking?If you do, specifically in the US, please PM me (this isn't about asking for a job, or an informational interview or anything like that). 1 month 3 weeks
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers ExamsMy resume currently screams 'Buyside Equity Analyst' but that's not really where I would like to be at. I've wanted to get into physical commodities for a while, but unfortunately hadn't really looked into the field before going to grad school (I may have gone to Cass or HEC Geneva in retrospect).... 1 year 3 weeks
Metals/Coal Marketing/OriginationI'm currently working part-time for a small equity research outfit that has its own tiny L/S fund but I've been looking to get into physical commodities for a while. My background is a BA in International Relations in the US and an Msc. in Finance in Europe. It's probably foolish for me to want... 1 year 3 months
Coking Coal TradersThis is kind of a long-shot but does anyone know who the big traders in coking coal are? I don't mean producers like BHP-Mitsubishi. Glencore, Noble, Oxbow? 1 year 5 months
The Philipp Brothers CollectionIf any of you are at all interested in market history or physical trading, this site has the archives for most of the materials that were used by Helmut Waszkis to write "Philipp Brothers: the Rise and Fall of a Trading Giant, 1901-1990," a book that costs over $200 used on Amazon right now.... 1 year 5 months
Physical Traders & Buying AssetsThe trend at really big physical traders has been moving up the supply chain into production, with the obvious example being Glencore. Are the people buying up assets at a place like Glencore or Noble former traders or are they brought in from say PE funds/miners for that express purpose? 1 year 6 months
Distressed Real Asset InvestorsI wasn't entirely sure where to ask this but is there much of a market for distressed natural resource investors? By that I mean opportunistic investors in farmland, timber, mining etc… PE firms, vulture funds, commodity traders? Anyone know of good examples of this or what kind of background would... 1 year 6 months
Global Macro in Europe vs. U.S.So I'm working for a start-up HF as an analyst, we do mostly L/S with a global macro overlay. I'm French/American and long-term I would very much like to stay and work in Europe. What difference does working in London vs. NYC make in terms of schedule for a macro PM? Does a macro PM in London... 1 year 7 months
Trading vs. OriginationCouple questions: 1. Does anyone here have access to this survey? 2. I've noticed in that survey and elsewhere that Origination is a separate role from trading. But judging from books like Metal Men or some comments on WSO, I... 2 years 4 months
Freight/Trading CharteringAnyone know what's the typical background of a freight trader/charterer at major commodity traders? Shipbroking? 2 years 6 months


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16rl: shanghaiisamazing: 2. Why is asking for a...[quote="16rl"] shanghaiisamazing: 2. Why is asking for a CIF quote from a freight forwarder took so long? It took me many hours to get quote for shipping. If included insurance it can take days. I believe it is inefficient and we can't quote our clients fast enough because of it. Is there a way... 5 days 12 hours
I was on the side (prediction-wise) that Greece...I was on the side (prediction-wise) that Greece would stay in the eurozone up until last month. But unless there is an actual restructuring involving official sector bondholders, I think there's a strong chance we're headed for the same charade all over again in the near future. And I wouldn't... 5 days 12 hours
I'd say that's spot on. But Germany's latest...I'd say that's spot on. But Germany's latest insistence on Greek austerity to keep them in the euro is so brash. it seems they've gone a step too far. Because stringing along Italy or France once M5S and the FN are too big too ignore will be a wholly different animal, and the Greek precedent has... 5 days 20 hours
Starting out as a TA at Vitol and then joining a...Starting out as a TA at Vitol and then joining a SOCAR/ENI/whatever as a junior trader could probably help you hit the ground running there. You would get some production asset experience that is pretty hard to get at Vitol and might be able to come back with a book of customers/contacts a few... 1 week 1 day
UTDFinanceGuy: If you're a rockstar, like an...[quote="UTDFinanceGuy"]If you're a rockstar, like an actual rockstar.. then the small company will get you to an amazing point faster. In the larger firm you'll be just like everyone else. If you're like a super rockstar, then the larger company because you'll push up the ranks super quickly and... 1 week 1 day
I wonder sometimes about places like Goldman and...I wonder sometimes about places like Goldman and Glencore going public. Sure, the paydays at both places were absolutely ridiculous, and it made sense from a strategic perspective (definitely so for Glencore, probably so for Goldman) but it changes the relationship of future employees to the... 1 week 4 days
Listen, if you have to make this some sort of BS...Listen, if you have to make this some sort of BS moralistic tale about Greece being a disobedient sinner child that needs a spanking for taking in all the funds from yield-starved Germans it could get and being unable to repay them once its forced to pro-cyclically cut spending and raise taxes in a... 1 week 4 days
Are you serious? The whole convergence play in...Are you serious? The whole convergence play in the late 90s was BS for the most part and political motives trumped economics from the get-go. If you want to read some academic questioning of how Greece pulled it off, see here: The GS deal may... 1 week 4 days
And everyone turned a blind eye to it. It's not...And everyone turned a blind eye to it. It's not like the EU was unaware of this. I mean, how could Germany turn down dragging its currency cross down and pulling in a high-yield market for its savings? 1 week 4 days
How exactly is anything that has happened in the...How exactly is anything that has happened in the past 15 years reflective of "Greek monetary policy?" It seems to me you guys are missing the bigger point that without a debt restructuring, that debt is never, ever going to be paid back in full. So you can either restructure the debt and keep... 1 week 5 days