Commodity price volatility: U.S. and EU regulatory battles

About the webinar

Commodity price volatility driven by financial institution speculation continues to increase raw materials costs for businesses and the cost of consumer goods, particularly food and energy. U.S. commodity regulators are scheduled to vote on October 18 on an important rule to limit control of commodity contracts by financial speculators. European Union legislation affecting commodity markets, particularly "dark market" practices, is scheduled for release on October 20. Both U.S. and EU regulation of commodity markets is supposed to be consistent with Group of 20 finance minister recommendations on regulating commodity price volatility. The next G-20 recommendations will be issued on October 15.

This webinar explores some major features of the G-20 recommendations, the U.S. regulation, and the EU legislation, particularly the status of new rules on position limits and High Frequency Trading that have the potential to reduce volatility and price distortions. Speakers will also discuss efforts to improve the transparency of unregulated markets, which are currently nearly seven times as large as the regulated market.

Presentation Slides


Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Karen Hansen-Kuhn

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Karen Hansen-Kuhn has been working on trade and economic justice since the beginning of the NAFTA debate. She has published articles on U.S. trade and agriculture policies, the impacts of U.S.…

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Markus Henn

World Economy, Ecology & Development (WEED)

Education: political scientist

Workspaces: International financial system, financial reforms at international, EU and German level, including banks, credit rating agencies, derivatives,…

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Steve Suppan, Ph.D.

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Steve Suppan has been a policy analyst at IATP since 1994. Much of Steve's work is to explain U.S. agriculture, trade and food safety policy to foreign governments and nongovernmental…

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Posted October 25, 2011