What I learned from “The World for Sale: Money, Power and the Traders Who Barter the Earth’s Resources” by Javier Blas and Jack Farchy

Commodity trading firms are the ultimate middlemen, linking the suppliers of raw materials — often countries that are hotbeds of corruption — with consumers in wealthy and emerging economies. They may earn wafer thin margins, but with large volumes they generate huge revenues. Their unique position means that they have become some of the most influential companies in the world. Yet few outside of the commodity trading world have…