Energy Risk - Volume2/No14

What drives natural gas?

Natural gas prices in the US are at an all-time high. The Gulf Coast hurricanes and record summer heat have taken their toll, and business is feeling the effect. Studying and applying seasonality can often protect aganst the volatility of these markets,…

Pioneers Oil: David Hufton

Today it's almost impossible to imagine an energy world without a mature, liquid oil market at its heart. Yet the development of the world's biggest commodity market was not a natural inevitability - it took the hard work and tenacity of a small and…

Options - A plan for all seasons

Selling natural gas options on a market that is adhering closely to a seasonal tendency can be a powerful strategy for an option seller, write James Cordier and Michael Gross

A look in the rear view

Utilities and regulators often disagree over the purpose of energy price risk management. Manitoba Hydro's recent experience with backtesting its hedging strategy is a case in point

Any fool can do it

Some quant techniques are easier than you might think. In the second part of his set of ten tips and tricks for aspiring energy quants, Neil Palmer shows why..

Pioneers

Today's vibrant and dynamic energy markets are a far cry from the illiquid, opaque trading that existed 25 years ago, yet they owe much to the visionary pioneers who started those early markets. Here, Energy Risk honours some of those early pioneers, as…

2005 in review

The energy markets were a dynamic place to be in 2005, with high volatility and an explosion of new players hitting the scene. Inevitably, though, it wasn't all smooth sailing. Energy Risk looks back over the highs and lows of 2005, from the launch of…

To build or not to build

Europe needs more power. But a lack of clear pricing signals and the unknown impact of new environmental legislation is making risk forecasting difficult, and could hinder new plant construction

Matthew Simmons

Few discussions of the world's future oil supply take place these days without reference to Matthew Simmons. He talks to Stella Farrington

Europe - An uncertain future

European natural gas demand is expected to rise in the next three decades. But, as Anouk Honore finds, the overall picture is not easy to predict, and depends on what happens in individual countries - particularly Italy and Spain

Coal turns a corner

Asian coal-trading is still proving a tough nut to crack. But the underlying market is developing, and a growing need for better risk management suggests it is only a matter of time before a paper market takes off

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