How Hot Money Inflames Oil Prices

Hedge funds and other investors may have helped push oil prices up. Now, they're helping push them downand fast

There's been an ongoing debate since energy prices began their steep rise four years ago: Was the money pouring into the oil patch from mutual funds, traders, hedge funds, and other financial players pushing up the prices that consumers pay to heat their homes and fill their gas tanks? In other words, was hot money behind the sharp rise in energy prices?

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