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Mar 18 2013 | 2:04pm ET
The man whose trades doomed Amaranth Advisors has put a serious crimp into the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's authority.
A federal appeals court in Washington last week threw out FERC's $30 million fine against Brian Hunter for alleged market manipulation. The court agreed with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission that it alone has authority over futures contracts.
"Manipulation of natural gas futures contracts falls within the CFTC's exclusive jurisdiction," the court ruled.
FERC levied the fine against Hunter two years ago—the largest in the history of the regulator—accusing him of seeking to depress prices. The CFTC put its own case against Hunter on hold last year after Hunter sued FERC.
"FERC unjustly vilified Mr. Hunter for years, but it was in fact the FERC which had acted outside of the law," Hunter's lawyer, Michael Kim, said.
Hunter's natural-gas trades cost Amaranth $6.6 billion in September 2006, leading to the hedge fund's implosion.
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...