More clarity needed over commodities clearing in Europe

European regulation aimed at driving more commodity derivatives trading through clearing is causing concern among small and medium-sized energy companies that don’t yet know if they will be exempted from the requirements. Gillian Carr reports

Commodities clearing in Europe

All signs point towards the growing trend of a majority-cleared over-the-counter commodity derivatives market, as European regulators follow the Group of 20's (G-20) mandate calling for all standardised OTC derivatives contracts "to be traded on exchanges or electronic trading platforms, where appropriate, and cleared through central counterparties by end-2012 at latest. Non-centrally cleared contracts should be subject to higher capital requirements".1

According to a presentation by the

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