Heroes or cowboys?

When hedge funds signalled their interest in participating in the energy tradingand financing markets a few years back, most market participants viewed the newsas a positive development. Their entry would aid liquidity, and cash injectionsfor troubled power plants could only be welcomed, the argument went.

The tide may have turned, however, as a number of senior bankers have begun toexpress concern about the role of hedge funds in the market.

Hedge funds have actually done little to improve t

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