Armajaro's Anthony Ward corners the Cocoa Market
|July 21st, 2010||
|Contributed by: The Mad Hedge Fund Trader|
|That Hershey bar you’ve been sneaking out to buy on breaks is about to cost you a lot more. London based Anthony Ward’s hedge fund, Armajaro Asset Management, built up a billion dollar long position in the cocoa futures market, which traders expected him to unwind going into expiration. To the absolute shock of investors and industry insiders alike, he took physical delivery instead of 240,000 metric tonnes of the delectable soft commodity, about 7% of the world supply.|
The move triggered some extreme volatility in the markets. The difficulties of transporting and storing this quantity of a perishable commodity boggle the mind. Armajaro's Ward, a long time successful cocoa trader, is clearly taking advantage of a poor crop this year in the Ivory Coast, a major producer, betting on a price rise. The move was so unexpected that traders and big consumers, like Cadbury and Nestle, have been caught short. Although these giants hedge their requirements years in advance in the futures markets, no one expected this amount of product to be taken off the market so quickly.
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