Blockchain set to disrupt $1 billion commodity price reporting market

In this new piece of research from VP of Finance Mark Cunningham, find out why blockchain is the future of commodity pricing.

Global commodity price reporting market at a glance

  • The price reporting market is worth more than $1bn annually
  • The global market value of all hard commodity production priced is $11 trillion 
  • 100,000+ commodity price assessments are conducted annually

Blockchain creates unmatched value by decentralising a process or problem where trust cannot be guaranteed. In short, a perfect solution for commodity pricing.

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Why blockchain is the future of commodity pricing

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Commodity pricing hasn’t changed in three decades. Even for the most liquid, high-value and intensively traded commodities – oil, natural gas and gold – price setting is opaque.

Changes have been made to methodologies and regulation in commodity pricing, but selective reporting and fewer participants submitting trades have lowered confidence in the published prices. The current relationship-focused, self-submission-based system has made it difficult for regulators to police the market. If the market moves to an automated and consensus-based system, would the users of these pricing benchmarks have more faith in the price?

Enter, blockchain

One technology offers the market the ability to reconsider how these critical benchmarks are determined. Blockchain. It enables all trades to be securely and accurately captured, and yet it is a team sport – competitors, partners and third parties can all win with blockchain.

In this new piece of research from VP of Finance Mark Cunningham, discover why commodity markets are primed for technological disruption, whether the market really wants price transparency, how blockchain could unlock LNG pricing and more.

Fill in the form on this page to access the report in full, which includes an in-depth discussion of five reasons why blockchain is the future of commodity pricing.   

  1. It removes the need for large intermediators 
  2. Participants can avoid the prisoner’s dilemma and trust the competition
  3. It guarantees the past cannot be changed
  4. It removes the need for human judgement
  5. Because the price reporting agencies need to reform

How to unlock LNG pricing

Mark also proposes LNG as a test case. The LNG market is coalescing around a new spot market, using old pricing solutions based on selective trade reporting and human judgement. Blockchain could be the architect of this transformation from a nascent growth market into one transparent to all participants.  

Growth potential and pace of blockchain pricing is enormous

The energy transition, off-grid solutions and peer-to-peer trading will continue to disrupt global energy markets. Many of these new technologies are digitised by nature and capable of consuming vast amounts of real-time data for optimisation and decision making. There is no place in this new world for human subjectivity in setting a price. Get your copy of the full report to learn more. 

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