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MSE News: Watchdogs investigate gas price 'manipulation'
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Old 13-11-2012, 11:58 AM
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Default MSE News: Watchdogs investigate gas price 'manipulation'

"The FSA and Ofgem are looking into claims energy companies fiddled with wholesale gas prices, which could affect bills..."

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Well well, not quite the same thing, but I have to say I told you so:

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...599&highlight=
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Old 13-11-2012, 12:14 PM
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Any company's not raised prices yet ? This could discourage them for doing so for a while.
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In the mid 80`s Thatcher sold off all the energy companies and since then they`ve all been fiddling prices.

So basically it`s taken the regulator 25 years to look into what everyone has known for years.

You don`t seriously believe they`ll find anything ------------ do you?
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If I understood the allegation correctly, it relates to a specific date (28th September) which is important since it is when most gas contracts are established when it is alleged the market was manipulated downwards

It needs that to be first proven, and then further, that on other occasions the assumption that the market was manipulated upwards before people need to get too excited over these allegations.

Otherwise, if anyone was to benefit from this, it would have only have been derivatives traders.

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one person said it, think of all the statments that are said about labour mps..... are they all true
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Well well, not quite the same thing, but I have to say I told you so:

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...599&highlight=
Well, not only not quite the same thing, but nothing at all like you postulated, which was

I just wondered, is anyone still in doubt that the big energy companies get together and fix prices across the board? Only this can explain the fact that they increase their prices all around the same time while still making millions in profits.

The energy trade reporter who brought the accusation of price fixing, iirc from the tv news last night, didn't mention price fixing by energy companies, but fixing by other traders by entering 'phantom' trades at critical times (i.e. altering the spot price at a time when that spot price was used as a basis for energy prices based upon it). It looks to me that only the traders themselves or the financial outfits they work for would gain by such manipulation - indeed, the mse report says it's unclear whether consumers actually gained or lost by that manipulation
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Either way we are still very unlikely to see a significant fall in prices. If anything prices will go up to "cover" the cost of the mammoth fines being dished out.

if it's true...
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How much could the manipulation have added to the bill?

I am usually on a cheap deal, so it's a little unlikely I have been ripped off.

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I have little faith in either Ofgem or the FSA finding anything (it would probably be more convenient not to!) or bills falling as a result but time will tell.
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Keep dreaming..

Its always nice to have dreams..
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If my dream came true, you would do quite well out of it as well.

If George Osborne's dream came true, and gets the fine money, he won't share it with you.

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... It looks to me that only the traders themselves or the financial outfits they work for would gain by such manipulation - indeed, the mse report says it's unclear whether consumers actually gained or lost by that manipulation
It doesn't really matter if it is the the energy companies, banks or traders who are gaining. What really matters is that the "market" is being manipulated by whatever organisation to increase their profits. The money for those excess profits doesn't just come out of thin air, someone has to pay for it. Who do you think that is going to be? I would suggest it will ultimately be the end consumer.
eg:
1) bank manipulates market to make excess profit at expense of power company
2) power company recoups their excess cost through higher prices for consumers

Market manipulation is not a "victimless crime" - someone has to pay for it.
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I hope any investigation is going to include people who are locked into Calor gas - we can't switch, shop around, try to find a cheaper deal.
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Consumer groups should be campaigning that if, they are found guilty, rather than pay a fine - they should indeed should pay their customers pro rata.
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Seize their assets would be a better idea.

we did it to Iceland.
Better in my pocket than theirs
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This Libor- like fixing was mentioned in Private Eye "Keeping the Lights On" in Issue No 1319 27th July.
It mentions other indices such as petrol, diesel, coal and natural gas possibly subject to the same rigging.
The Private Eye article mentions that the energy price reporting agencies such as Platts, Argus, ICIS-Heren and McCloskey did bring it to the attention of the Financial Services Authority.
Beginning to look like another Bank Job.
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. . . Beginning to look like another Bank Job.
Well what a surprise that would be if it was found the banks were involved.
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Curious timeline.
The International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) issued a report,exact date not known, but pre July 27th. which was picked up by Private Eye but not by the mainstream media until whistleblower came forth recently, three months later.
Would the PM's office (and Sam Laidlaw of Centrica, business advisor) have seen this report in July.
In the meantime price rises by the energy companies.
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