Risk & Energy Risk Commodity Rankings 2014 – energy

The past 12 months proved tough for energy dealers, with low volatility, poor liquidity and sluggish levels of client activity. Given this, some banks decided to scale back their commitment to the market – a trend that is reflected in this year’s results…

An anatomy of financial and energy market bubbles

Despite differences in the detail, the mechanics that unfold during episodes of financial and energy market hype are the same. To avoid repeating the errors of the past, companies and individuals should bear them in mind, argues Vincent Kaminski

Energy firms find Emir thresholds too close for comfort

The European Market Infrastructure Regulation will force non-financial counterparties to clear trades in over-the-counter derivatives once they reach a set of notional thresholds. And despite their original expectations, many energy companies could be…

Futurisation dooms energy swap execution facilities

The US Dodd-Frank Act envisioned a new type of trading venue for over-the-counter derivatives, known as swap execution facilities (Sefs). But in the energy markets, at least, it appears Sefs are dead and traditional futures exchanges have emerged…

Uneconomic trading, market manipulation and baseball

Regulators, including the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, are aggressively targeting uneconomic trading in a crackdown on potential market manipulation. Such moves have striking parallels in the history of baseball - some of which might prove…

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