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The great tin squeeze

Either the world is running out of tin or a squeeze to rival that attempted by the government of Malaysia in 1981 is being replayed as the London Metal Exchange moves closer to hanging out an empty sign over the door to the tin section of its warehouse.

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When management at the LME last checked there was just 790 tonnes of tin being held on behalf of metal traders, a fraction of the 7,000t as recently as two years ago, or the 7,450t in the stockpile of