Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Newly Released - Independent Review of Events in the Nickel Market in March 2022

For those readers interested in exchanges and clearing, I wanted to highlight that Oliver Wyman's "Independent Review of Events in the Nickel Market in March 2022" was released yesterday.  As I noted in an earlier post (here), in March 2022, the price of nickel on the LME rose over 270%, and the exchange not only halted nickel trading, but also canceled trades.  Additionally, the LME, who engaged Oliver Wyman to produce this Review, released "LME Group Response to Oliver Wyman Independent Review."  The Executive Summary - which is all I've had time to read thus far - notes that:

"The primary objectives of the review were to identify the factors that contributed to market conditions in the
nickel market in the period leading up to, and including, March 8, 2022, and make recommendations for how the
LME Group could reduce the likelihood of similar events occurring again"

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Although this piece may be viewed in the abstract, speaking with colleagues in the metal fabrication business, these events have caused companies to withdraw due to the exorbitant prices for stainless steel. Few appreciate how many products contain nickel in their everyday home appliances.

Posted by: Tom N. | Jan 25, 2023 3:16:57 PM

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