Is the time right for copper concentrate index pricing?

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Report summary

In this Insight we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of copper concentrate spot index pricing versus the benchmark system and consider the problems inherent in attempting to quantify the spot market at a given point in time through an average or index of TCRCs.

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Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Introduction
  • How does the benchmark system work?
    • Mine to trader market
    • The role of the trader
    • Smelter buying market
  • How does Wood Mackenzie report the copper concentrate spot market?
  • Copper concentrate spot pricing indices – advantages and disadvantages
  • Conclusions

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  • Copper concentrate spot pricing index - advantages & disadvantages


  • Monthly representative spot TCRCs and annual benchmark (2007 to 2014)

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