By Malini Hariharan (Malini is now joint blogger for Asian Chemical Connections)
It helps to have a commodity bull on your side and that's just what the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) has succeeded in doing. Jim Rogers, the noted investment guru, will be a senior advisor to the exchange.
Jim Rogers is, as always, positive on the future of China and also commodities (see TV interview below).
It is not yet clear what Rogers will be doing in this new role but his appointment will help DCE realise its ambition of becoming a leading commodity exchange in the world. The Futures Industry Association (FIA) says that the DCE is the largest futures exchange in China and is ranked ninth in the world. It has the world's biggest trading market for plastics (lldpe and PVC) and the second-largest for agricultural products.
This blog has been regularly highlighting the growing volumes of lldPE and PVC transactions on the DCE. Lldpe contracts totalling 75.719m tonnes have been traded on the exchange so far this year, up 185.67% from last year. PVC contracts, which were was introduced in May, totalled 21.829m tonnes.
And the exchange could see more action in the coming months. China Daily reports growing interest from major foreign traders to participate in Chinese exchanges. They will have to work their way around government regulations but leading banks such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Barclays Bank have compelling reasons to invest in China. The paper says that the Shanghai exchange's copper futures now rivals that of the LME while DCE's soyabean volumes already exceed that of CBOT.