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The next big power play on Wall Street

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🗞️ Driving the news: Hedge funds are increasingly investing in power trading, drawn by volatile electricity and natural-gas prices
• They offer incentives like big sign-on bonuses and large profit shares to attract traders from utilities, banks, and rival firms

🔭 The context: Power trading has surged due to rising energy demand from AI and electrification
• Global trading volumes for electricity futures rose 35% from 2019 to 2023, with significant increases in regions like the Nordics and the UK

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The volatility and complexity of power markets present opportunities and risks
• The shift from coal to renewables has increased system vulnerability to extreme weather, potentially leading to more market volatility and impacting energy stability

⏭️ What's next: The continued investment in power trading by hedge funds may drive innovation and efficiency in the market
• However, traders face the challenge of maintaining high returns without exceptional events like the Ukraine invasion, which previously caused market upheavals

💬 One quote: "There is a spotlight that is now shining on us today, more than any time before," said Juan Penelas, co-founder of e360 Power

📈 One stat: Global trading volumes for electricity futures jumped by 35% between 2019 and 2023, with Nordic volumes increasing 14-fold

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