CCH Securities Analyst Issues White Paper on Farm Bill, Enron Loophole

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., May 20, 2008) – CCH Principal Securities Analyst James Hamilton, JD, has issued a new white paper: Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 Removes Enron Loophole and Reforms Electronic Energy Markets ( CCH is part of the Wolters Kluwer Law & Business group.

The white paper focuses on Congress’ passage of a measure reauthorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and closing the Enron loophole. Provisions in the bill would end the Enron-inspired exemption from federal oversight now provided to electronic energy trading markets set up for large traders and ensure the ability of the CFTC to police all U.S. energy exchanges to prevent price manipulation and excessive speculation. These provisions would give the CFTC the ability to scrutinize these transactions in energy commodities and prosecute traders that are manipulating energy prices.

Hamilton is a prolific blogger on current issues in the securities field. Jim Hamilton’s World of Securities Regulation can be found at

Hamilton has written and spoken extensively on federal securities law and has been cited as an authority by a federal court. His analysis of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Sarbanes-Oxley Manual: A Handbook for the Act and SEC Rules, is considered a definitive explanation of the Act. In addition to his many books and articles, Hamilton serves as a leading contributor to the industry-standard publication, the CCH Federal Securities Law Reporter.

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