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Oil stored at sea could mean bigger problems and prices in future

In an attempt to get to grips with rising commodity prices, the authorities have recently been trying to force traders to release more information about over-the-counter (off-exchange) derivatives and impose position limits on basic commodities. Regulators want to shine a light on the opaque world of oil storage. Scott O’Malia, a commissioner for the Commodities […] [...more]

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CFTC wants big players to trade on exchanges

Congress should require banks and other big players to trade derivatives on regulated exchanges as an “absolutely essential” part of regulatory reform to prevent another market crisis, the chief U.S. futures regulator said on Wednesday. Exchange trading of “standardized” swaps is an important element in the Obama administration proposal to bring over-the-counter derivatives under federal […] [...more]

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CFTC unveils oil, gas limits; trade relieved

The top U.S. futures market regulator unveiled its long-awaited proposal to crack down on speculation in oil and gas markets on Thursday, but set position limits so high that they would affect only a handful of the biggest players, bringing some relief to edgy traders. In an effort to prevent excessive concentration by setting a […] [...more]

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