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Amol Dhargalkar discusses commodity pricing volatility on Treasury Management International

April 30, 2024


Treasury Management International sits down with Amol Dhargalkar to explore the current state of commodity pricing and how companies and treasury departments can leverage processes and financial tools to mitigate commodities pricing risk.

With commodity pricing being in a period of turmoil, businesses are facing exposure to significant shifts, and while some companies may feel less direct impact than others, failure to manage a volatile cost base can have negative impacts on financials and reputation. Despite some calming in markets compared to peaks seen two years ago, prices remain above pre-Covid levels, and global instability suggests ongoing unpredictability.

With so many different commodities markets around the world — loosely divided between soft (such as agricultural products or livestock) and hard (typically natural resources that are mined or extracted) — risk mitigation is arguably more complex than for FX or interest rates.

Amol Dhargalkar on Treasury Management International

Across industries, there has been a decentralized nature of commodities risk management across industries, with commodities producers needing to constantly manage risk, while consumer-facing businesses may adopt a more regional or reactive approach. This further emphasizes the importance of understanding and defining the nature of commodities risk and creating the appropriate team environment to develop and execute risk management effectively.

"CFOs are clamouring for someone to raise their hand and say, ‘Give me the ball.’ This presents an ideal opportunity for treasurers to step up, and lead or work alongside a team that can steer the company to a better place.”

Amol Dhargalkar on Treasury Management International

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