The expression ‘this month’s once-in-a-million event’ has become a cliché in finance. From the sudden bankruptcy of investment-grade companies to 5% daily moves in foreign exchange markets, we’ve seen them all. Rare events – which for practitioners...
Conflict in the US and growth in Europe marked another turbulent year for energy exchanges. Kevin Foster casts an eye back over 2002
Brett Humphreys takes the guesswork out of determining how many simulations are needed to calculate value-at-risk
A turf war between Atlanta’s IntercontinentalExchange and the New York Mercantile Exchange reveals a shift in the traditional role of over-the-counter brokers and exchanges, finds Catherine Lacoursière
Deutsche Bank has committed to providing bid and offer prices on Russian rouble futures for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), in a move designed to capitalise on revived interest in Russia by Western investors. It is the first time the contract has...
To understand how much value can be lost from a position in the energy markets, we need to use measures other than value-at-risk. Brett Humphreys discusses methods for creating effective stress tests
Traders love spreadsheets. But complex deals can quickly outgrow a sheet developed on the fly. Since traders won’t abandon their favourite tools, Stuart Cook and Tony Hughes of The Structure Group look at how firms can control their use
Electricity contracts have come and gone, but a new trio of financially settled futures contracts aims to widen the electricity market, reports James Ockenden
Europe's asset management industry is chiding Brussels bureaucrats for trying to bury it under a mountain of Basel-inspired regulation, which could boost costs and capital charges.
Risk magazine and sister publication Energy & Power Risk Management (EPRM) today began polling for their 2003 energy and commodity rankings.
Given recent events, energy firms need to fundamentally re-think how they estimate their risk tolerance. Maria Kielmas asks what has prompted this soul-searching
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Many banks are not effectively applying risk tools when pricing and structuring deals, according to research and consultancy company PA Consulting.
‘No more VAR.’ This increasingly shrill call is being made by a section of the academic finance community both in journals and at conferences. Now, some practitioners are latching on, offering ‘VAR-free’ portfolio optimisation that is being promoted...
ABB’s William Rutz and Bob Fesmire investigate new tools that calculate physical value-at-risk based on simulations of generating resources and power transactions
Is it more cost-effective for companies to buy available systems from vendors or to develop and deploy their own energy trading and risk management solutions? Bob Bridger of Vedaris looks into the dilemma faced by many companies