From the Inside Flap
Energy companies are increasingly exposed to price fluctuations in the volatile energy markets since the turn of the new century. Energy prices are affect by numerous factors such as geographical and political environments, developments in legal systems, OPEC decisions, speculative investment in the market as well as demand and supply.
Energy Markets: Price Risk Management and Trading is the practitioner′s guide to trading the markets and optimizing company performance using the correct price risk strategies and tools. This book will also help you put in place the strategy, management controls and reporting structures necessary to ensure that trading or hedging progr5ams achieves its goals and does not add unexpected or unwanted risks to your firm.
As a direct trader in these markets or as an investor in hedge funds in the energy sector, this comprehensive book will give you an insight to the financial energy markets and their operation.
Inspired by the success of the courses run by Professor Tom James in global energy and commodities trading and price risk management, this book includes a wealth of practical knowledge applied to the market place. It is required reading for anyone involved in managing risk in the volatile yet opportunistic energy markets.
From the Back Cover
Price Risk Management and Trading.
Energy risk management expert, Tom James, does it again. His latest book is a timely addition to the rapidly developing energy trading markets. This book should be on every energy trader, risk manager and corporate planer′s desk. it is an easy read as Tom goes into great detail to explain the intricacies of this market and its various unique elements. – Peter C. Fusaro, Chairman, Global Change Associates Inc., Best–selling Author and Energy Expert
This sensible and practical guide is essential for those seeking an understanding of commerce in energy derivatives. beyond merely informative, this hand book for the practitioner details the finer points of the use of derivatives as tools for price–risk management. No energy trading desk should be without it. – Ethan L. Cohen, Senior Director, Utility and Energy Technology, UtiliPoint International Inc.
Energy markets are much more volatile than other commodity markets, so risk mitigation is more of a concern. Energy prices, for example, can be affected by weather, geopo9litical turmoil, changes in tax and legal systems, OPEC decisions, analysis′ reports, transportation issues, and supply and demand – to name just a few factors. Tom James′s book is a practical guide to assessing and managing these risks. It is a must–read for senior management as well as risk and financial professionals.– Don Stowers, Editor, Oil & Gas Financial Journal
This book is the most comprehensive on price risk management–centric efforts. It provides the reader with a tangible experience of derivatives in today′s capital and energy markets. The breadth and scope of the passages are immense, in that both developed and developing countries′ energy markets are considered and examples applied. Terrific read! – Rashpal Bhatti, Marketing Manager, Energy Trading Asia, Enron/BHP Billiton
Tom James has simplified the intricacies of a very complex market. In this new market of "hot" commodities, he has been able to give a fresh course to those who are new to the energy markets and a solid review for those that are well seasoned. he covers everything within the oil market from A to Z in this book and does it well. Coming from a financial background myself, it′s good to finally find a book that can bring a better understanding to the field of energy commodities. – Carl Larry, Vice President Citi Energy Global Commodities