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Price Disruption - Take Control, Manage Volatility


The renowned Palm and Lauric Oils Price Outlook Conference & Exhibition (POC), held annually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, attracts international participation from more than 50 countries worldwide. This flagship conference is organised by Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Berhad (BMD), which operates the world benchmark Crude Palm Oil Futures contract (FCPO) as well as an Option on the FCPO contract (OCPO). POC is a-must-attend event yearly for global edible oil players. It facilitates as an effective networking platform for exchange of ideas, solutions and trends amongst the delegates who hail from all parts of the world and from throughout the industry value chain.

FCPO & OCPO Updates

Bursa Malaysia Derivatives’ (BMD) Crude Palm Oil Futures (FCPO) and Options on Crude Palm Oil Futures (OCPO) markets both grew significantly in 2017.

Trading volume on the FCPO market ended the year with 11.9 million contracts, representing a nominal traded volume of 298 million metric tons with RM32.3 billion in value. Similarly, year-end open interest (a position that has been established but not closed, signifying longer-term holding interest) also grew to 245,123 contracts (6.13 million MT) in 2017 from 198,648; an increase of 23%.

Growth in the options market was even more impressive. Open interest in the OCPO ended at 26,016 contracts; a 160% increase! Approximately 40,000 contracts (1 million MT) changed hands.

10-days Market Volatility of the FCPO contract rose to 19.92% in 2017 from 18.21% in the previous year. A rise in volatility results in greater uncertainty, and this can cause disruptions in the management of a company’s operations. For instance, a company with a portfolio of 100,000 MT of palm oil per annum has a risk exposure of RM10.0 million for every RM100 in price movement. Note that the price range for FCPO in 2017 was approximately RM750, with a high of RM3,175 per MT and a low of RM2,425 per MT.


POC2018, to be held in Kuala Lumpur on 5 - 7 March 2018, will once again congregate an expert panel of speakers to deliberate on the many challenges as well as identify opportunities for the palm oil industry. These experts will once again share their analyses on the markets covering a myriad of factors, and will attempt to forecast prices for the year.

At Bursa Malaysia, we view sustainability as a requisite for long term value creation, and is fully committed to building a sustainable capital market for all. As the POC is one of the largest events of its kind, we recognise that we have a responsibility to manage the POC in a more sustainable manner for the benefit of the environment and our communities. This year, we are taking a series of practical steps to proactively reduce the environmental impacts of the POC2018 while capitalizing on the event to gather support for a social cause. 

Kindly visit www.pocmalaysia.com/sustainability for a comprehensive view of the measures taken.



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