Energy firms face capital adequacy squeeze

What's the damage

Proposed US and European financial market reforms are expected to profoundly effect the energy and commodities markets. The reforms – which include moving over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives trading to exchanges, and clearing through one central counterparty (CCP) – are set to cause cash collateral problems for most commercial end-users and therefore may impact on firms' ability to hedge and invest in future infrastructure needs.

The US Senate recently approved an extensive overhaul of financial

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