Sunday, 29 November 2015
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Sep 18 2013 | 10:39am ET
Hedge funds have rediscovered their sweet tooth, amassing record numbers of cocoa contracts.
Net long positions in New York and London topped 165,000 lots—more than the world's largest cocoa producer, the Ivory Coast, puts out in a year, the Financial Times reports. The huge demand for cocoa and cocoa products, coupled with fears about the weather in West Africa, have lifted brown gold out of a two-year slump, sending prices up 17% over the last two-and-a-half months.
"These are unprecedented levels," Marex Spectron agriculture co-head Jonathan Parkman told the FT.
Cocoa butter is a particularly hot commodity right now, a sign of growing demand for luxury chocolates.
"Chocolate makers are really struggling to get their hands on cocoa butter at the moment," Parkman said.
Oct 21 2015 | 10:41am ET
One of the most unique charity benefits in the hedge fund industry, A Leg To Stand On's (ALTSO's) Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest - NYC, raised nearly $500,000 last Thursday thanks to the generous support of major sponsors and nearly 1,400 attendees from the Tri-State finance, business and hedge fund communities. Read more…