Base Metal Outlook and Product Updates

24 November 2020

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Straits Financial Group (Singapore) will be hosting a series of webinars for the purpose of sharing industry insights and updating about the new products.

The series consist of three webinars, covering in vogue topics of Cryptocurrency, Energy and Metals. It will feature economists and industry experts to share their outlook on investment and market trends.

The webinar of Metals will be live on 24 November, 2020. Join this webinar to hear the panel experts talk about the commodity market outlook, macroeconomic trends, CME Metal products and investment outlook and strategies in base Metals.

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Base Metal Outlook & Product Updates | 24 November 2020

Base Metal Outlook & Product Updates

Webinar Agenda





24 Nov, 2020

14:45 – 15:05

COMEX Copper, Aluminum and Iron Ore products Development

Sachin Patel

Senior Director, Head of Metals Products (Asia Pacific), CME Group

15:05 – 15:25

15:25 – 15:30

Commodity and Metals Macro Outlook

Q & A

Erik Norland

Executive Director & Senior Economist, CME Group

15:30 – 15:50

Base Metal Outlook 2021

Yi Zhu

Global Head of Metals & Mining, Bloomberg Intelligence

15:50 – 16:10 The Macroeconomic and Investment Outlooks in Q4   Hou Zhen Hai

Straits Financial (China) Chief Strategist

16:10 – 16:20

Base Metal Inter-exchange Arbitrage Opportunities James Wang

VP, Futures & Options, Straits Financial Group

16:20 – 16:30

Q & A

Base Metal Outlook & Product Updates | 24 November 2020

Erik Norland

Executive Director & Senior Economist, CME Group 

Erik Norland is Executive Director and Senior Economist of CME Group. He is responsible for generating economic analysis on global financial markets by identifying emerging trends, evaluating economic factors and forecasting their impact on CME Group and the company’s business strategy, and upon those who trade in its various markets. He is also one of CME Group’s spokespeople on global economic, financial and geopolitical conditions.

Prior to joining CME Group, Norland gained more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry working for investment banks and hedge funds both in the United States and in France. He most recently served in sales and research at BEAM Bayesian Efficient Asset Management LLC, and previously as Director of Research at EQA Partners, both global macro hedge funds. He also worked for IXIS Corporate & Investment Bank in Paris (now called Natixis), covering central banks and supranationals for the fixed income sales business, and also worked as a market economist and strategist. He began his career at Bankers Trust, Global Investment Management in New York working with the tactical asset allocation group.

Norland holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an statistics from Columbia University. He is also a CFA Charterholder.

Sachin Patel

Senior Director, Head of Metals Products (Asia Pacific), CME Group

Sachin Patel serves as Senior Director, Metal Products, Asia Pacific, for CME Group, based in Singapore. He is responsible for expanding CME Group’s metal business and developing new opportunities across the region.

Prior to joining CME Group in September 2017, Patel spent ten years in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Commodities division, where he covered numerous roles across trading, structuring, as well as sales in metals, exotic options and commodity index products. His most recent role was managing the commodity derivatives sales and structuring business for investor clients in Asia Pacific. Patel began his career at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London in 2007 before relocating to Singapore in 2009, and has extensive experience working with clients across major Asia Pacific markets.

Patel holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. 

Yi Zhu

Global Head of Metals & Mining, Bloomberg Intelligence

Yi has more than 15 years of experience in the metals and mining sector. Prior to joining Bloomberg Intelligence, she was a research analyst for Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland in Hong Kong covering commodities. Yi also has a strong background in industry research and commodity trading by having worked for metal producers including Alcoa in the U.S. and Shenhuo Aluminum in Shanghai.

Yi received her master’s in business administration from Pennsylvania State University and holds a bachelor’s of science in mathematics from Fudan University, Shanghai.

Hou Zhen Hai

Straits Financial (China) Chief Strategist

1998 – 2004, Chief Representative Assistant of GKN Group in China.
2006, obtained MBA degree from Wisconsin School of Business at University of Wisconsin–Madison.
2006 – 2007, served at the Wisconsin Foundation.
August 2007 – July 2013, served at China International Capital Corporation (CICC) as the leader of the overseas strategy team and A-share strategy team. He is also the main report writer and contributor. Mr. Hou and his team received many honors including the top team for the New Fortune Sell-side Strategy Research in 2008, and the top team for the Asia Money China Strategy Research in Hong Kong in 2009 and 2012, etc. 
September 2013 – December 2019, served at Discovering Group and was responsible for the Group’s macro strategy research. During the period, the company has accumulated absolute returns that far exceed the market level.

James Wang

VP, Futures & Options, Straits Financial Group

James Wang is currently the VP at Straits Financial. He comes with 16 years experience in the commodity markets. Before joining Straits Financial, he worked for a variety of financial institutions, most notably HKEX/LME, Societe Generale, Mizuho Corporate Bank and China International Capital Corporation. His working experience includes being a marketing rep with HKEX/LME. Marketer with investment banks, focusing on commodity derivatives sales in Great China. He has also been a business development manager in charge of China market for several well-known FCMs in Singapore.


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