CFTC’s EEMAC focuses on major developments in shale oil and liquid natural gas markets

By Brad Rosen, J.D. The first Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) meeting under the sponsorship of Commissioner Dan Berkovitz featured insightful and spirit discussions across a content filled agenda. Some of the topics of exploration included dramatic recent developments in the physical energy markets and derivative market responses, the changing face exchange-traded energy derivatives markets, as well as mounting concerns around margin and capital requirements and their potentially adverse consequences. The U.S. has seen significant advances in energy supplies and technologies, particularly with respect to oil, natural gas, and renewable and clean energy sources noted Commissioner Berkovitz in his opening remarks. In providing larger context for the day’s meeting, Berkovitz observed, “The vitality and growth of our domestic energy industry and the improvements in the regulation of our energy derivative markets over the past decade…

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