Best commodities data services: Morgan Stanley
Highly commended: Standard Bank London
Morgan Stanley and Standard Bank London offer very different commodities data websites, but they both do a great job of addressing the needs of their clients.
Standard Bank London’s site provides market prices and basic charting for base and precious metals, energy and power and infrastructure. It also offers research and trend reports.
Users can view examples of mining finance, resource advisory and structured commodity finance transactions the bank has done with clients as well as contact details for people at the bank who can help with inquiries into these areas. Clients can also fill in requests for quotes, which are sent directly to the bank’s trading desk. They can also view trades and settlement details and the bank hopes to be able to show live overnight profit-and-loss details by the end of the year.
Morgan Stanley offers a broader range of information and research, as well as an impressive suite of analytics tools that help users to scrutinize the markets and their portfolios and to develop hedging and trading strategies.
The most popular features on the site include information provided on the oil markets, the portfolio page, the swaps/options calculator and access to the bank’s marks.
The bank offers specialized oil market research from the well-respected Norwegian Energy Group.