Noble Group, founded in 1986 by Richard Elman, is known for being one of the world’s biggest commodity traders but now its very survival is in question. The company is incorporated in Bermuda and is listed in Singapore Exchange. We have seen its market value wiped out from US$6 billion in Feb 2015 crises.

This is a classic tale of smoke and mirrors, hubris and denial. Some events like Enron mark a generation. By no coincidence Enron’s business model was comparable to that of Noble, except that Noble has not yet filed for bankruptcy.

Noble had a great story to tell, just like Enron. Here is a quick glance on the key events that led the downfall of Noble Group:


In February 2015, a small outfit called Iceberg Research produced a report that made a pretty good job of showing that the emperor had no clothes. Noble’s share …