Financial Regulatory Forum

Divide grows on setting U.S. energy position limits

Traders work in the Crude & Natural Gas Options pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange June 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton By Christopher Doering
WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The top U.S. futures regulator and two main commodity exchanges were conflicted on Wednesday over who should set tougher position limits if the the Commodity Futures Trading Commission proceeds to take action to curb market manipulation.

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New U.S. commodity futures reporting may raise transparency, questions

By Alden Bentley
NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) – More transparency or too much information?

Energy traders, analysts and mom-and-pop farmers may find themselves swimming in detail on the big bets and hedges in the commodity markets, when the U.S. futures market regulator overhauls its widely-watched report on trader positions.

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ANALYSIS-CFTC’s expanded trader reports to add transparency

Traders work in the crude oil futures trading pit at the New York Mercantile Exchange, February 12, 2009.   By Tom Doggett and Ayesha Rascoe
WASHINGTON, Aug 19, (Reuters) – The plan by U.S. commodity regulators to provide more information on the traders doing business on futures exchanges will shine more light into the opaque markets, but will still give the often-criticized speculative investor a measure of cover. (more…)

U.S. CFTC ends relief on ag position limits for 2 firms, vows consistent enforcement

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WASHINGTON, Aug 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Wednesday it was withdrawing no-action letters that provided relief to two firms from federal agricultural speculative positions limits for soybeans, corn and wheat futures contracts.

“I believe that position limits should be consistently applied and vigorously enforced,” said CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler. “Position limits promote market integrity by guarding against concentrated positions.” (more…)

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