Looking back: Post-Enron nerves give way to longer-term fears

Jitters subside as industry ponders role of trading and mark-to-market accounting

Looking back - Post-Enron nerves give way to longer-term fears

"No more impact than a winter storm" – such was one trader's assessment of the disruption caused to natural gas markets by the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by Houston-based energy giant Enron in early December. But the after-effects may last a lot longer.

After some initial price disruption, liquidity in Enron's core US markets – natural gas and power – seems largely unaffected by the problems of the single largest trader in those sectors. "Liquidity has fallen, and that has led to some increase

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