The EBS Report

Spot | Forwards | NDFs | Metals

In this edition we cover product, technology, and key trends in one of the world's largest and most liquid FX markets. Stay informed on economic developments and other market events affecting EBS.

  • 13 Jan 2021
  • By CME Group

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EBS Metals in 2020

Higher volatility and record price levels have been a feature of the precious metals markets in 2020. EBS markets for spot metals together with CME Group’s futures markets provided a valuable tool for traders over the year.

The price of gold climbed above $2,000 per ounce in August, prompted by falling bond yields and an increased money supply feeding inflation expectations. EBS trading activity responded accordingly.

Other precious metals also saw increased activity on EBS in 2020. In Q1, the start of the COVID-19 crisis prompted concerns about the industrial demand for silver and PGMs, which in turn lead to heightened volatility. Following this burst of activity, volumes for palladium have been subdued across all platforms. Whereas the platinum market on EBS saw sustained activity for the remainder of the year, with volume being more than double what was seen in both the previous two years.

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