CFTC files oil market manipulation case

Michael Giberson At Streetwise Professor, Craig Pirrong examines the CFTC’s case against alleged oil market manipulators Parnon Energy, Arcadia Petroleum LTD and Arcadia Energy (Suisse), all affiliates of the trading firm Arcadia. Whatever the ultimate merits of the case, he says the CFTC is going to have trouble making the charges stick. In part the … More CFTC files oil market manipulation case

Keeping some speculators out of the oil market may lead to higher oil prices

Michael Giberson From Fortune-Investor Daily: If Congress or the CFTC forces through stiff curbs on futures trading by so-called “speculators” — i.e. investors who use futures to bet on future price movements but don’t buy actual oil — it may lead to higher, not lower, oil prices over the long term. Why? Imagine you’re an … More Keeping some speculators out of the oil market may lead to higher oil prices

CFTC to consider position limits on energy futures contracts

Michael Giberson The chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Gary Gensler, has announced that the agency will hold a series of meetings in July and August to consider how it can use its existing statutory authority to “ensure the fair, open and efficient functioning of futures markets.” The first of the meetings will focus … More CFTC to consider position limits on energy futures contracts