Alba exec defends LME over warehouse queues

Jan 23, 2013 | 04:01 PM | Andrea Hotter

Tags  Aluminium Bahrain, Alba, Jean-Baptiste Lucas, warehosue queues, LME, Andrea Hotter

CORONADO, Calif. — Financing deals have always existed in the metals trading world, and the London Metal Exchange is not to blame for warehouse queues, a senior executive at Aluminium Bahrain BSC (Alba) said.

"Cash and carry always existed. It existed in the ’80s and ’90s, and as long as you have a contango you will have a cash and carry," Jean-Baptiste Lucas, chief marketing officer at Alba, told AMM. "The only difference is that now it has been industrialized, as in all industries when you have a good way of making money. It is what the London Metal Exchange is meant to be for—we cannot complain about the LME being a financial tool."....

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