The LME has been helping metal producers and consumers manage their price risks since 1877.

From our unique forward prompt-date structure and large lot sizes, to a world-wide warehouse network that provides the metal community with trusted global reference prices and a market of last resort, the physical metals market is very much part of our DNA.

This blueprint shapes almost all facets of our business.

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Producers and consumers use the LME to hedge their price risk.
Price discovery
We at the LME pride ourselves in providing the world with daily, transparent, credible and real reference prices.
Price convergence
LME contracts are physically settled via our global warehouse network.
Reference pricing
The prices discovered on LME trading platforms are global reference prices.
Prompt-date structure
Daily prompts enable users to accurately hedge their physical transactions down to the day.

global warehouse network

We don’t claim to replace metal producer and consumer supply lines, but our network of licensed storage facilities provides the metals community with 1) a market of last resort and 2) global reference prices.

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