Fragmentation seen holding back Canadian oil derivatives

Rival WCS indexes hinder growth of financial trading, firms argue

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Despite some improvement in liquidity in Canadian heavy crude oil derivatives, financial trading in Western Canadian Select (WCS) has yet to really take off, market participants complained during a panel discussion at Energy Risk Canada in Calgary on June 17.

Perry Undseth, president and chief executive of One Exchange, a Calgary-based energy broker, voiced disappointment that the market had not yet coalesced around a single, unified benchmark contract for Canadian heavy crude – a contract that