OPEC

Is The Rally In Oil Sustainable?

"With respect to investors, the argument can be made that oil prices have likely found a long-term bottom in the $40 range. However, the fundamental tailwinds for substantially higher prices are still vacant. OPEC won’t keep cutting production forever, the global economy remains weak, efficiencies are suppressing demand."

Bill Blain: "Oil Could Change Everything"

"As a story, oil has further to run. The issue for markets is how dramatically will higher oil prices impact inflationary expectations in the current rosy Macro world-view? That could solve the lack of inflation at a stroke – but probably push stressed full employment economies like the UK into stagflation."

Brent Crude Spikes To Highest Since July 2015

North Korean war-talk has extended early gains for Brent Crude (driven by anxiety over the post-Kurd-referendum fallout), pushing prices to their highest since July 2015.

Global Stocks Mixed After "Nightmare Victory" For Merkel; Chinese Property Developers Crash

European stocks rose as the euro tumbled following Germany’s election result which was dubbed a "Nightmare Victory" for Merkel and could lead to complicated coalition talks. U.S. equity-index futures point to a lower open, while Asian equities slide after a plunge in Chinese property developer names as well as tech stocks following more iPhone delivery concerns. S&P500 futures are steady. 

The Petrodollar Is Under Attack: Here's What You Need To Know

"The evidence continues to show that the USDollar is slowly being eroded... and that as these adversarial countries make these developments in unison, there appears to be little the US can do without risking an all-out world war..."

Could Kurdish Independence Spark An Oil War?

The Kurds are expected to vote on their political status in late September. A vote in the affirmative would mean that Iraq would lose a chunk of its northern areas, which includes the crucial Kirkuk oilfield and its surrounding reserves.

IEA: Oil Price Spike Coming In 2020

"There are still not enough signs of investment beginning to return, and that raises the risk of tightening of the market in the next five years and a risk to the stability of oil prices..."

Suddenly, "De-Dollarization" Is A Thing

"For what seems like decades, other countries have been tiptoeing away from their dependence on the US dollar. These were challenges to the dollar’s dominance, but they weren’t mortal threats. What’s happening lately, however, is a lot more serious. "