Energy Risk - Energy Risk February 2010 issue

Oil price volatility still concerns the market

After oil prices started to stabilise in the last quarter of 2009, all eyes turned to the market outlook for the year ahead. But as we enter a new decade, oil still remains at the top of the risk agenda and price forecasts differ vastly. Lianna Brinded…

Commodity Rankings: Reclaiming the top spot

The 2010 Risk/Energy Risk Commodity Rankings reveal which companies have been able to prosper despite the difficult conditions of 2009. Lianna Brinded analyses the results and talks to key market participants about their views

Commodity Rankings: Going for gold

HSBC topped the precious metals categories of this year’s commodity rankings, swapping places with runner-up and last year’s winner UBS in a gold-dominated 12 months. Société Générale maintained its dominance in base metals, while Goldman Sachs climbed…

Pass the microphone: Humphreys to Strickland

In this new column, an industry professional interviews a market expert of their choice. Next month the interviewee becomes the interviewer and chooses who to interview. The series is kicked off by Brett Humphreys putting his questions to Lacima Group’s…

Dry freight and regulation: Tides of change

The dry freight FFA market has undergone significant changes in the past two years, with a marked increase in clearing and financial players. Participants are now looking at how potentially tighter OTC regulation may impact trading. By Pauline McCallion

Will Russia leave Europe out in the cold?

After numerous disputes with its neighbours, Russia is looking beyond Europe for more reliable gas consumers. But with worldwide production on the up, Europe also has other options. Lianna Brinded asks whether Russia can afford to turn its back on the…

Smart grid: Diverging demands

Rachel Morison concludes her two-part series by looking at the impact of smart grids on supply and demand fundamentals and possible changes to the traded markets

Best practices in compliance

With regulators’ power set to increase and individual executives increasingly likely to be prosecuted when there is a compliance breach, it is crucial that the compliance function is properly structured. In part two of their series, Michael Berry and…

Profile: K. Geert Rouwenhorst

K. Geert Rouwenhorst, professor of finance and deputy director of the International Center for Finance at Yale, talks to Pauline McCallion about the game-changing impact of his commodities research and how it spurred his hedge fund launch

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