Tagged: CFTC

Speculators blamed for oil-price spike

In a reversal, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission now says speculators, not normal supply-and-demand, triggered the recent wild swings in global oil prices.  Energy risk-assessment expert Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance in the School of Management, can discuss how the new CFTC view reflects a shifting of political winds. Contact Mark T. Williams, 617-358-2789, […]

Curbs on speculative oil trading

In a shift from two decades of hands-off market regulation, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is considering new restrictions on purely financial investors speculating on oil, natural gas and other energy products.  Energy risk-management expert Mark T. Williams, who teaches finance in the School of Management, can discuss how this might affect the energy markets. […]

Crackdown on OTC derivatives coming

Sources say the SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission are drafting legislation to split responsibility for cracking down on over-the-counter trading of derivatives like credit default swaps.  School of Law Professor Tamar Frankel, an authority on securities law, can discuss the possibilities. “It’s time for regulators to remember their mission and cooperate.” Contact Tamar […]