Fuelling doubts

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When energy traders see violence in the Middle East unfold live on their televisions, they know to expect a burst of volatility on their trading screens. So the sharp escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the start of the year sent savvy corporate risk managers with large energy exposures scrambling to reinforce their hedges. “We pushed our hedge ratios up significantly in January and February when we saw the overall situation in the Middle East,” says Beat Lehmann, who, as Basel

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