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The International Cocoa Trade (Wiley Trading Advantage) Hardcover – 13 Oct 1997
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The cocoa market has changed dramatically in the last several years. Low prices, few companies trading, and increased risk have brought about radical changes. And, while the buyers and sellers have deceased, others in the business have come to take on a larger role, including banks, shipping companies, and warehousekeepers. A comprehensive reference guide to the worldwide cocoa industry, this book provides the complete background on the history of cocoa and agronomics. It includes salient data on production, export marketing, contracts, consumption, trade, and prices. The book also explains quality issues involved in cocoa and factors for various buyers and provides explanations of the cocoa trade cycle and marketing chain, descriptions of the key players, and detailed coverage of the cocoa futures and options markets. Contract specifications, exchange rules and trading procedures, along with detailed statistics are also provided.
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First imported to America more than five hundred years ago andpropagated on a small scale until the eighteenth century, cocoa isnow one of the most heavily traded food commodities in the world.While potentially very lucrative, trading in cocoa remains a highlycomplex--and risky--venture, rendered even more so today bya sweeping tide of changes that has dramatically altered itslandscape. In The International Cocoa Trade, the firstcomprehensive resource of its kind, commodity expert Robin Dandprovides an all-encompassing guide to the global cocoa industry, delineating and clarifying its various intricacies for all whooperate and trade within it. Far more sophisticated than it wasjust a decade ago, the cocoa market has undergone majorshifts--low prices, a decrease in the number of companiestrading, and an increase in risk levels--that have not onlyaltered the manner in which its key players conduct business, buthave necessitated a better grasp of industry fundamentals by allthose involved in the production, trading, and distribution ofcocoa. As Dand points out, "The requirement of understanding thecocoa trade is not limited to those in the string of buyers andsellers. There are others outside this chain that now have largerroles in cocoa than in the past, in particular the banks, but alsothe shipping companies and warehousekeepers. In this completeresource, Dand helps all links in this "chain"--exporters, dealers, brokers, bankers--achieve a better understanding ofthe market by providing a complete and accessible survey of all itsessential components. Casting a wide net, The International CocoaTrade offers a wealth of information on a variety of importanttopics, including the history and agronomics of cocoa, exchangerules, trading procedures, prices, and contract specifications.Here's where you'll find in-depth coverage of:
- Cocoa production--its history, evolution, and recenttrends
- Quality assessment--the cut-test, fault definition andstandards, methods of achieving quality cocoa
- The actuals market--export marketing, trade associations, marketing boards, processing
- Terminal markets--organization of futures markets, players, trading techniques, options, strike prices, regulatory bodies
- Contracts--weight and delivery terms, physical optioncontracts, forms and performance
- Consumption and stocks--the uses of cocoa, factorsaffecting consumption, assessment of stock levels, visible andinvisible stocks, the International Cocoa Organization and theBuffer Stock
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