Energy Risk - February 2014

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Crude-by-rail data gains in value for traders

As an increasing volume of crude oil is transported via North America’s railroads, market participants are growing hungry for data and market intelligence on crude-by-rail. Such insight had been in short supply, until recently. Alexander Osipovich reports

EMR heralds greater government intervention in UK power

UK Electricity Market Reform, which is set to come into effect in July, will introduce a level of government intervention not seen in the country’s power market since the early 1990s. The impact will be felt by UK power firms and could ripple across…

Resist the rise of the risk management machines

Overreliance on modern risk management systems, and metrics such as value-at-risk, can blind firms to tectonic structural market shifts. To help alleviate this problem, the use of human judgement and intervention is required, argues Vincent Kaminski

Concerns remain on plans to bolster UK renewables via CFDs

The UK government hopes to deliver a healthy boost to low-carbon generation through a market for contracts-for-difference. While electricity market participants are upbeat about the proposals, there are lingering concerns about how effective it will be…

Capacity market set to provide UK's back-up plan

An important part of UK Electricity Market Reform is the launch of a capacity market, with the first auction due to take place in December 2014. Despite initial opposition, market participants have gradually come around to the idea. Stella Farrington…

Risk & Energy Risk Commodity Rankings 2014 – energy

The past 12 months proved tough for energy dealers, with low volatility, poor liquidity and sluggish levels of client activity. Given this, some banks decided to scale back their commitment to the market – a trend that is reflected in this year’s results…

Deutsche Bank makes commodities cuts

Goldman names new commodities heads; BAML exits European power and gas; GDF Suez promotes Moorooven; Newedge names commodity heads; JP Morgan hires EDF power trader

Risk & Energy Risk Commodity Rankings 2014 – metals

For metals, the past 12 months were marked by plummeting gold prices, directionless markets in base metals and heated rows over the London Metal Exchange’s warehousing system. Despite this, the top dealers and brokers in this year’s rankings are largely…

UK power special report

UK Electricity Market Reform will have major ramifications for power market participants. Stella Farrington explores the likely impact

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