The $4.5 billion U.S. Natural Gas Fund, an exchange-traded fund, may have an investment mandate for the U.S., but regulators’ crackdown on speculation is forcing the fund to look overseas, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The fund is exploring the idea of investing in overseas energy exchanges, over-the-counter swaps or even other types of energy such as crude oil, heating oil or gasoline to avoid new rules from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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