Energy Risk - Volume2/No12

BEAU TAYLOR

Beau Taylor , global head of energy at JP Morgan, plans to turn the bank from a niche participant into a dominant player in the energy markets. By Joe Marsh

Buyer and seller beware

As a busy M&A period looms in the US utility sector, a wave of power plant sales seems likely. But those looking to hedge the fuel supply to these assets will find it tricky, given the current volatile gas prices. By Joe Marsh

Shelter from the storm

Energy companies are showing increased interest in hurricane derivatives, a specialist product that can provide an additional layer of protection on top of insurance. Joe Marsh reports

Doctor’s orders

Should you try to hedge a physical asset by simply selling its expected output? Neil Palmer shows how, in some scenarios, either under- or over-hedging could make more sense

A glimpse of freedom

Merger and acquisition activity in the US utility sector, previously kept in check by the Public Utility Holding Company Act, could be set to swell with the repeal of this act in February, some analysts believe. By Oliver Holtaway

The hedging effect

The effect of hedging on a project’s net present value can be difficult to determine. Brett Humphreys shows how different types of hedging affect the distribution and the expected return of a project

Finance and faith

Islamic shari’a law may prohibit interest, but far from discouraging investment, shari’a-compliant structured project finance looks set to grow – particularly in the energy arena, as Maria Kielmas reports

Taking the screen test

Screen trading is spreading faster than ever in the energy markets and market dynamics are changing as a result. Do interdealer brokers in the market see this advance as a threat or an opportunity? Stella Farrington finds out

Raising the standard

Growth in energy trading has led to a need for better standardisation of contracts and integration of exchanges and trading hubs. But more needs to be done to simplify and streamline the trading process, says Wolfgang Ferse

Exceptions to the rule

Norwegian independent power portfolio managers are concerned that an impending EU directive may split the country’s power market and put them at a disadvantage. Oliver Holtaway reports from Oslo

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