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  1. Looking back: El Niño boosts weather derivatives

    Bruce Reed, vice-president of product development at Aquila Energy, draws an analogy with the 1990–91 Gulf War that followed Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and caused extreme movements in crude oil and petroleum prices.

  2. Risk premium strategies favoured over beta commodity indexes

    Investors have also found opportunities in energy markets, particularly as the forward curve has shifted for the two main oil benchmarks, Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate. The macro picture for commodities – with excess oil supply, uncertain...

  3. Network investment works for Raiffeisen Centrobank in CEE

    In Russia, given its status as an energy giant, there is also demand for oil underlyings such as those in the RCB Oil Bonus Certificates range, as well as certificates that reference a combination of gold and Brent Crude.

  4. The secrets of successful energy trading firms

    People didn't need something that settled based on a price at the end of the month, because they were buying crude oil or refined products on a pro rata basis. From the outset, oil majors entered the energy market to optimise and manage the risk of...

  5. Shanghai RMB crude contract faces margin and legal hurdles

    The contract will adopt cost and freight (CFR) – where the seller pays for transportation – linked to the free on board (FOB) price of medium sour crude oil produced in the Middle East. The long-delayed Chinese crude oil futures contract is set to...

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  6. Mifid II doomsday awaits energy firms, conference told

    Let’s take crude oil: Is that Brent, Urals, Oman, or West Texas Intermediate? Because if you’ve got anything else – whether that’s emissions, oil, coal, freight, biofuels, rapeseed, corn or sugar – that’s going to be captured.

  7. The Journal of Risk (16.6)

    In our third paper, "General covariance, the spectrum of Riemannium and a stress test calculation formula", Piotr Chmielowski proposes a first-order perturbation approach based on random matrix theory to test the robustness of the covariance...

  8. Energy strategy remains promising for hedge funds despite its volatility

    While it is easy to see crude oil being in contango and identifying other trends affecting oil, the same cannot be said for gas. The recent BP oil spill has seen massive liquidations of net long in crude, more so than during the collapse of Lehman.

  9. Asian demand spurs commodities boom

    In addition, Barclays Capital hired Steven Chiang as director, commodities trading, Asia-Pacific crude oil and refined products to develop a physical presence in the oil markets in the region, a process that has culminated with the company now...

  10. European refineries face difficult times

    Shell, the largest European major, reported a starker drop from $5.25/bbl to $1.80/bbl on each barrel of Brent crude oil. European refining has taken a sustained beating since the onset of the financial crisis two years ago, caught between...

  11. Uncertainty over CFTC position limits

    The CFTC issued proposals in February that would establish position limits on regulated derivatives in four energy commodities: Henry Hub natural gas, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil, New York Harbor No.heating oil and New York Harbor...

  12. Hedgers’ dilemma over exchange rules

    Ilia Bouchouev, managing director, global head of energy derivatives at Koch Supply oil may currently be hedging with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil because it's a more liquid contract. But instead of WTI we will see them in fuel oil...

  13. FSA bans drunk oil broker for market abuse

    Steven Noel Perkins has been banned for five years and fined £72,000 after manipulating the market in Brent oil and causing its price to soar to an "abnormal level" following a drinking binge lasting several days.