GLG Network Survey: Commodity Trading

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GLG interviewed 70 senior executives working at commodity trading firms across Europe and the US.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The survey covered the landscape for commodity trading houses at present and how they expect various commodities to trend.
  • Furthermore, the survey investigated the potential impact of a recession on the industry.
  • Lastly, respondents outlined their views on various climate policies, with senior executives providing their views on government policies.

Examples of findings:

  • Our experts outlined the governments/regulators they expect to become more opposed to fossil fuels, with 96% stating the US, followed by the UK (70%) and European Union (60%).
  • The vast majority of respondents (95%) believe that the Russian-Ukranian war is the most important factor of the current market volatility.
  • More than half of respondents (57%) believe that the Iran nuclear deal is unlikely to go through in the near future.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Philip Lansdowne, former Regional Head at Trafigura.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • In your view, what is the main factor determining energy prices?
  • What impact do you expect a recession to have on commodity prices?
  • In your view, what are the three key barriers in the growth of independent/privately owned commodity trading houses?
  • Which of these governments and regulators do you expect to become more opposed to fossil fuels?
  • In your opinion, how likely is it that we will see more trading activities of sanctioned countries through private commodity houses?
  • With initial margin rates so high due to high prices and volatility, what impact do you expect this to have on companies’ ability to stay liquid?
  • Do you expect government bodies will step in and regulate trading companies?
  • To what extent is COVID-19 still impacting price fluctuations in current global markets?
  • How do you expect crude price to trend over the next year?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Financial Business Services (FBS) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

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