CFTC reorganises to improve energy derivatives oversight

Speaking earlier last week in front of the US Senate Committee on Energy, CFTC chairman, James Newsome, said Enron’s on-exchange activities had been regularly monitored by CFTC staff, and that “at this time, we have no indication that manipulation of any futures market was attempted by Enron".

Newsome claimed the ability of CFTC staff, working alongside those at the Nymex clearing house, to monitor the situation and adjust margins to prevent price spikes as Enron-related positions were unwound

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