Ferc manipulation cases put limits on US power traders

Costly fines deter firms from employing cross-market strategies

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Ferc has recently shown an increasing willingness to wield its ‘big stick’

Former US president Theodore Roosevelt was famed for summing up his foreign policy with the phrase: "Speak softly and carry a big stick." The same words might be used to characterise the approach of the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Ferc) to stamping out power-market manipulation. In recent years, Ferc has shown an increasing willingness to wield its ‘big stick', most notably in an ongoing effort to fine Barclays $470 million for allegedly manipulating power markets in the western US,

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