Stricter EU collateral rules threaten Nordic power market

Tighter EU collateral standards set to come into force in March 2016 may hurt liquidity in Nordic electricity derivatives, market participants say

Fjord in Norway
The Nordic power market is among Europe's most liquid

The Nordic electricity derivatives market – one of the most liquid and mature power markets in the European Union – may be undermined by EU financial regulations after officials in Paris pushed through strict new standards on acceptable collateral in cleared derivatives trades despite the vehement objections of Scandinavian energy firms.

"We can't see that this rule brings any benefits in terms of making the market safer or more transparent, and in fact it actually risks damaging those things,"

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