Energy Risk - Volume8/No5

Vincent Annunziata

During his time as a senior commodities trader and risk analyst, Vincent Annunziata noticed an alarming trend: like any other trading outfit, his company was prone to human error. He was working for Phibro – formerly the commodities trading division…

The search for spot

Strong demand for US liquefied natural gas is accelerating the development of an active global spot market and pricing benchmarks, as Catherine Lacoursière discovers

From a gas crunch to a crisis

In this month’s Market Focus, GlobalView Software takes a look at the factors contributing to the current US natural gas crunch, which is drawing the attention of major political and financial figures

People Swaps

ABN Amro hires global energy trading head Dutch bank ABN Amro has hired Jonathan Arginteanu to the newly created positionof senior vice-president and deputy head of global energy trading operationsin New York. He was previously head of rival bank BNP…

Mirant bankruptcy is not terminal

US energy firm Mirant’s July bankruptcy filing bucks the recent trend of last-minute restructuring deals that have saved many of its rivals from a similar fate. But analysts say the company is likely to emerge from its filing with at least some of its…

A capital adequacy primer

A summary of the Committee of Chief Risk Officers’ (CCRO) emerging guidelines on capital adequacy, by Cinergy’s Antonio Ligeralde, Kenneth Robinson of El Paso Merchant Energy and CCRO head Michael Smith

US coal trading picks up steam

While the coal market awaits pricing indexes to reinvigorate trading, emissions trading is getting a boost from increased coal burning. Catherine Lacoursière reports

Management buys out SG’s weather and cat bond funds

Société Générale’s (SG) weather derivatives team completed an amicable management buyout of the weather division at the French bank. The buyout creates what is believed to be the largest range of dedicated weather derivative and catastrophe bond funds,…

In search of power solutions

Blackouts across Italy in early July highlight the need for power plant investment – and the new market operator says promotion of derivatives trading is necessary to encourage such investment. But producers are yet to bite, finds James Ockenden

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