Warum Schweizer Erdölhändler die Finger von Iran lassen

November 5, 2018

Das amerikanische Embargo gegen iranisches Erdöl hat keine rechtliche Grundlage in der Schweiz und in der EU. Dennoch wollen sich Schweizer Rohwarenhändler daran halten. Der Arm der USA ist lange. Read the rest of this entry »

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Weyer et Rich, le couple qui a fait de la Suisse une puissance pétrolière

January 26, 2017

LeTempsLogo Un banquier genevois et un négociant zougois ont inventé le trading de pétrole moderne et son financement. Une poule aux œufs d’or qui a aussi donné à la place helvétique un fumet sulfureux. Troisième volet de notre enquête sur la naissance du négoce de matières premières en Suisse. Read the rest of this entry »


Glencore’s Zinc Rationale Defies History

October 15, 2015

bloomberg“You shut up!/No, YOU shut up!” is how schoolyard scuffles kick off. Miners tweak it slightly to: “You shut down!/No, YOU shut down!” Ivan Glasenberg, the chief executive of Glencore, has long bemoaned miners’ tendency to literally dig themselves into a hole with too much supply. As concern about Glencore’s swollen debt has hit the stock price, Glasenberg has recently taken himself at his word, ordering a temporary shutdown of some of the company’s zinc output. That caused the price of the metal to jump 10 percent last Friday. But history suggests Glencore’s fight to raise zinc prices sustainably could be a tough one.

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Glencore’s Biggest Risk Is Hiding in Plain Sight

September 30, 2015

bloombergWhat you don’t know can hurt you, so it’s understandable that analysts have raised questions about Glencore’s opaque commodity-trading business. Without the ability to work out how it makes money, the unit is a “black box,” according to Morningstar’s David Wang. But there’s more to fear from what’s in plain sight. Capital spending has been the biggest single drain on Glencore’s cash flow in every year since it started the takeover of Xstrata in 2012

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Oil King Marc Rich Dead At 78

July 15, 2013

forbes_logo_mainCommodities kingpin and fugitive American ex-pat Marc Rich died today from a stroke at the age of 78 in a hospital in Lucerne, Switzerland. Rich was the founder in 1974 of Marc Rich & Co. AG, a pioneering oil-trading firm. Beginning with a management buyout in 1994, the firm eventually became what is today Glencore Xstrata, the world’s largest commodities trading house. The Belgian-born Rich started out at the bottom but became a powerful and shadowy figure in financial circles.

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Marc Rich, Financier and Famous Fugitive, Dies at 78

July 15, 2013

nyt-global-edition-masthead-logoMarc Rich, a shrewd, swashbuckling oil trader who fled to Switzerland after being indicted on charges of widespread tax evasion, illegal dealings with Iran and other crimes, and who was later pardoned by President Bill Clinton in his last hours in office, setting off a whirlwind of criticism, died on Wednesday in Lucerne, Switzerland. He was 78.

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Человек, создавший Glencore

September 7, 2011

В мировой истории, если подумать, можно обнаружить много
противоречивых фигур, чьи поступки и намерения никак не вяжутся
с кодексом морального поведения. Петр I, Иван Грозный, Наполеон
Бонапарт – на память приходит масса имен людей, которые не были
образцом благочестия, но крупными буквами вписали свои имена
в историю. Ведь именно они и были ее творцами. К числу этих ярких,
но неоднозначных личностей относится и Марк Рич – американский
мультимиллионер, создавший в 1974 г. первую компанию-трейдера
сырьевых товаров Mark Rich & Co. В 1994 г. предприятие Марка Рича, во-
шедшее к тому времени в десятку крупнейших европейских компаний
по обороту, было переименовано в Glencore. Тринадцать лет спустя
эта компания стала одним из акционеров РУСАЛа. Read the rest of this entry »