Are Oil Prices Rising or Falling?

Not only are the current views contradictory but each is supported by arguments and evidence, which increases the confusion and frustration of anxious listeners worried about their economic future. Continue reading “Are Oil Prices Rising or Falling?”

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Daily Basket of News Commentary – Sep 26, 2018

Daily Basket of News Commentary – Sep 26, 2018

Iran Oil Exports?
India might continue buying Iranian oil via a Rupee payment scheme. India consumes 4.7 Million bpd (approx. 5% of world oil production) and is expected to reach 10 million bpd in 2040. It is difficult to see India putting its economy in jeopardy and taking sides in an unrelated problem i.e. the US/Iran quarrel – especially since the Iranian oil is cheaper than the competition. Continue reading “Daily Basket of News Commentary – Sep 26, 2018”

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Iraq Demonstrations Impact Oil Production

COMMENTS: The many years of external and internal conflict in Iraq has resulted in impoverishment of the masses. Now, Basrah, the center of southern oil production is in turmoil as riots are spreading demanding jobs in the oil producing sector. So far one demonstrator has been shot by Continue reading “Iraq Demonstrations Impact Oil Production”

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OIL PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS ARE THE FINAL LOSERS

Oil prices have risen rapidly this year and are expected, by some, to head higher – possibly towards US$ 100 per barrel. This is alarming to many, who consider such a rise as devastating to the economic growth prospects of many countries. Hence, the panic and scramble to do something, regardless of how effective it would be. Continue reading “OIL PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS ARE THE FINAL LOSERS”

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Venezuelan Collapse? Wishful Thinking?

The oil and business press is abuzz with predictions of an imminent Venezuelan financial collapse, as a prelude to its political implosion, which should oust President Maduro and erase the Hugo Chaves ambitious experiment. Continue reading “Venezuelan Collapse? Wishful Thinking?”

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The Gulf Oil Economies Dilemma

If you wish to buy a television set, and your country doesn’t manufacture TV’s, you need to first find the currency of the manufacturing country. The TV manufacturer wants to be paid in his currency with which he incurred his production costs, and his profit will be spent on his living expenses. The only way you can get his currency is if Continue reading “The Gulf Oil Economies Dilemma”

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UAE Increases Oil Production Cut Above Its Quota

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UAE Increases Oil Production Cut Above Its Quota

MARSAL COMMENTS: UAE will cut oil production between 200,000 and 280,000 barrels per day in March and April. This is above its OPEC Continue reading “UAE Increases Oil Production Cut Above Its Quota”

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An Oil Freeze? So What?

An Oil Freeze? So What?

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The oil business was abuzz last week with the rumors of a possible agreement between Russia and Saudi on freezing their production at their present levels. Consequently, prices began to creep upwards, especially after both the Saudi and Russian oil ministers made optimistic noises during the recent G20 meeting. They said that a semi-permanent committee would be established to seek ways of cooperation on oil and indicated indirectly that some sort of freeze would be “good”, and “maybe” likely. That was sufficient to trigger oil traders and turn them bullish – for a while at least before they came back to their senses. Continue reading “An Oil Freeze? So What?”

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