Category: Commodity Markets

Bitcoin is not what you think

Bitcoin has been one of the most commented-on and reported phenomena in the financial industry recently. Reports, papers and articles range from the excellent, like the articles recently published by the Bank of England [1], to the fanciful and spurious.

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Futurisation of the OTC market

Futurisation of the OTC market   The world of derivatives, particularly over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives, is in a state of change. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis the derivative world consisted of: the OTC markets which traded bi-lateral, customised swap and

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Sleepwalking into the next energy price spike

  Sleep walking into the next energy price spike  OPEC’s decision to leave its production target at 30 million barrels a day for the next six months, with the proviso that it is prepared to take steps to ensure that

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Continental European Gas Hubs: Are they fit for purpose?

The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies has recently published a paper by Associate Consultant Patrick Heather which assesses the development of the European Continental Gas Trading Hubs. The paper is a natural successor to Patrick’s 2010 paper ‘The Evolution and

China’s Energy Pricing

While all the recent headlines about oil and refined products have been regarding OPEC’s inability to agree an increase in production and the IEA’s decision to release 60 million barrels from its strategic reserve, a far more important announcement, with

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