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  1. Risk premium strategies favoured over beta commodity indexes

    Front-month futures on Brent closed at $82.82/bbl on Atlanta-based Ice on November 4, their lowest level since November 2010. In structured products, this means that structures start to look more interesting on the index side, when historically...

  2. UBS offers bankruptcy remoteness and white-labelling twist

    This is a venue that allows expanded trading hours - of 8am to 10pm - with mini-futures, as well as call and put warrants for the leveraged segment," says Patrick Grob, London-based head of equity derivatives sales for Europe, the Middle East and...

  3. Ossiam rewarded for innovation in strategies

    It aims to provide investors with systematic long-only exposure to a diversified basket of 20 commodities futures contracts (excluding grains) with the benefit of reduced volatility. Specialist exchange-traded funds (ETF) provider Ossiam was...

  4. Commerzbank draws on bespoke and high volume issuance

    Despite the German bank's avoidance of extreme leverage in its products, it has not been averse to promoting products designed to boost returns in a low interest-rate environment, and among the most popular of its products over the past year has...

  5. UBS dominates listed products in Switzerland

    UBS's ETCs are simple tracker products that can mimic the performance of everything from the entire Bloomberg Commodity Index to individual spots along a single commodity's futures curve. But in a structure UBS developed this year, asset managers...

  6. JSCC to gain DCO status from US regulator before year-end

    JSCC lodged its DCO application with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) more than 18 months ago but has been operating under no-action relief to service US banks while it made a considerable effort to comply with US clearing...

  7. Mifid II doomsday awaits energy firms, conference told

    For instance, while the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has proposed placing limits on 28 core commodity contracts and their over-the-counter equivalents, the EU proposals were far broader. Last time I looked at Ice Futures Europe, there...

  8. Risk managers debate at Energy Risk USA conference

    This includes both CME futures contracts and bespoke products. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) proposals laid out early this year that would impose limits on energy trading could potentially have a huge impact on energy trading...

  9. Turning points: Philippe Laraison, MD commodities trading, Société Générale

    When it comes to what keeps him awake at night, Laraision says potential regulatory limits to be imposed on energy derivatives by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the US is a major concern for all market participants in the...

  10. Shake-up ahead for financial technology

    Although there is a raft of new rules, the ones drawing the most attention from the energy sector are the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)'s proposed rules on selected energy contract position limits, moving OTC derivatives onto an...

  11. Energy firms face capital adequacy squeeze

    We see a politicisation about the location of depositories and CCPs, and there are going to be questions about the basis of recognition and non-domestic clearing houses, which is a critically important issue," says Anthony Belchambers, chief...

  12. Uncertainty over CFTC position limits

    Under its new chairman Gary Gensler, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) began to seriously consider the need for hard position limits on certain energy contracts in 2009. Limits would be set across same contract-month groupings...

  13. US regulatory reform reaches tipping point

    Section 716 will be subject to a two-year transition period, after which affected institutions will be required to either cease swap trading activities or divest their swap desks into separate affiliates compliant with Commodity Futures Trading...

  14. Are the CFTC, SEC and Fed equipped for their new powers?

    The biggest recipient of new powers under the legislation is the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which will be given authority to regulate and monitor all non-security-based swap products – a part of the market that includes interest...

  15. Commodities special report

    A proposal to impose position limits in US energy futures markets has been rumbling on since oil prices hit record highs in 2008, and follows a succession of hearings by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) last year.

  16. Energy companies face up to clearing requirements

    Testifying before a Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) hearing on energy position limits and hedge exemptions on August 5 last year, Elliot Chambers, corporate finance manager at Chesapeake Energy, revealed the firm had a negative mark-to...