Volcker Rule Impact Report

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The Volcker Rule: Impact on the US Energy Industry and Economy

The regulations to implement the Volcker Rule—in the form currently proposed under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—could adversely impact energy markets, raising energy costs and increasing price volatility, according to a new report by information and analytics provider IHS. The ensuing economic impacts on the segments examined in the report could result in up to 200,000 fewer jobs and $34 billion (2005 dollars) less in US GDP on an annual basis over the 2012-2016 period, the report finds.

The report, The Volcker Rule: Impact on the U.S. Energy Industry and Economy, examines the impact on segments of the energy industry if the services that rely on US banks were to be curtailed through the implementation of the Volcker Rule regulations in their current form. While commodities markets were not the primary focus of the legislation, the specialized nature of much of the commodity risk management and intermediation services that banks provide to companies would nonetheless be seriously affected. The study examined segments of the upstream (independent natural gas producers), power and downstream (US East Coast petroleum market) sectors as a case study.

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