January 2018

LORD COPPER: Metals traders can breathe a little easier on signs of economic recovery

There is more to excite the metals industry than the batteries boom, argues Lord Copper, with the global economy’s gradual emergence from the 2008 recession boding well for metal demand.

HOTTER ON METALS: Lithium faces challenges in EV battery race

Lithium fans, take note. The metal’s crown as the leading raw material in batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) is facing increasing competition from other products such as cobalt and nickel.

EXPERT VIEW: New contracts, IB membership category key strategies for LME in 2018

After a year focused on re-establishing stability, the London Metal Exchange has started 2018 with its attention on driving more liquidity to the bourse by launching the Introducing Broker membership category and broadening its contract portfolio, says senior metals market consultant Martin Hayes.