...much more on this phenomenon later. Global markets have assumed the free flow of capital, unconstrained by political pressures, for too long now.
The European banking crisis is spilling over into commodities trading with French banks, the main financiers of trading houses, reining in their lending.
BNP Paribas and a handful of other European banks, including Société Générale and Crédit Agricole, provide most of the credit lines that underpin the business of the publicity shy Swiss-based traders that dominate commodities markets.
Industry executives said that as the banks have to boost their capital buffers, credit to the trading industry is becoming scarcer and costlier, particularly in US dollars, the currency of the global commodity markets.