Energy Risk - Volume7/No5

How Japan got it covered

The fast-growing Japanese weather derivatives market is unique in both its product diversity and the range of small business end-users it serves. But where are the big players? Rob Dwyer reports

Comeback in the old USSR

Russia is on the verge of becoming the world’s leading energy superpower, but a lack of investment looks set to hamper its development. Joel Hanley reports

In the mind of a trader

Use of psychological techniques and behavioural studies is an essential part of designing aircraft cockpits. The same principles are now being applied to energy trading screens, as James Ockenden discovers

A tight ship in rough waters

Power prices in the UK have fallen dramatically in recent months. What can the UK’s biggest power producer do to prevent more losses in this difficult market? Joel Hanley profiles British Energy

Brent’s liquidity crisis

The decision by energy information provider Platts to alter the definition of its Brent benchmark price has forced the issue over the crude blend’s liquidity problems, reports Matt Horsbrugh

Cleaning up in California

As oil majors embrace the use of ethanol in Californian gasoline, analysts are warning that it will cause a rise in prices at the pump, as Kevin Foster discovers

A new cop on the beat?

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has been severely criticised for its actions – or lack of them – during California’s disastrous attempt at deregulation. It is now hitting back at the energy industry. Kevin Foster reports

Trading places

Whatever criticisms Enron’s competitors may level at the fallen giant, few have been shy about snapping up the talent left behind by the company’s demise. James Ockenden looks at the recruitment market in Enron’s wake

Energy trading primer

Chris Bowden says large industrial and commercial buyers could learn from energy traders’ experiences in dealing with volatile energy markets

Softly, softly in the western US

Wary Californian power traders have reverted to tried-and-tested trading strategies. But, asks Catherine Lacoursière, will the new, apparently stable market hold up to another long hot summer?

Getting technical with crude

Energy market specialist GlobalView Software takes a look at a range of technical trading indicators and what they reveal about the world oil market

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