The Great Debate

Massad: Taking the reins on derivative reforms

April 9, 2014

The Senate Agriculture Committee met Tuesday to approve the nomination of Tim Massad as chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, even as the agency fumbles over the definition of a “swap.”

The real reason for spikes in food prices

By Yaneer Bar-Yam and Greg Lindsay
October 25, 2012

Spikes in grain prices are regularly blamed on oil shocks, droughts and emerging markets’ hunger for meat. The real culprit in the three bubbles-and-busts of the last five years, however, isn’t the weather. It’s financial speculation.

Senators press tough line on commodity rules

April 1, 2009

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Prominent senators have put Gary Gensler’s nomination to head the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on “hold” in a bid to force the administration to take a tougher line on commodity regulation.