Global commodity trader Koch cuts staff in restructuring

Global commodity trader Koch Supply & Trading has cut dozens of workers across at least four offices worldwide, several sources said on Tuesday, as the firm restructures its business.

The cuts at the unit of Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc, the industrial conglomerate owned by billionaires Charles and David Koch, affected traders and support staff in its United States, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Singapore offices.

A string of notable hedge funds in the commodity space have closed over the last year, while restructuring efforts were launched at firms like Goldman Sachs after losses in 2017.

Some commodity trading firms and banks posted major losses due to muted client activity and wild fluctuations across energy markets. Bonuses across the industry were also low, and some hedge funds have chosen to exit energy trading.

Source: Global commodity trader Koch cuts staff in restructuring

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