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  1. beyondbrics

    June 26, 2014

    What would an oil price shock mean for EM?

    Although the violence in Iraq has so far had a muted impact on global oil markets, if prices continue to rise there could be...

  2. FT Alphaville

    January 17, 2014

    A supply-side face-off in oil

    As we alluded to earlier, there is a battle taking place in the oil markets at the moment. On one side there are...

  1. FT Alphaville

    January 17, 2014

    Energy is gradually decoupling from economic growth

    According to BP’s Energy Outlook, which was released this week, global energy demand will continue to grow until 2013, but...

  2. FT Alphaville

    November 27, 2013

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Wednesday, - From the mouth of Vaclav Smil. - Cinda, squaring the triangle. - The new litmus test for...

  3. FT Alphaville

    November 25, 2013

    Iran and the oil markets

    Here to explain why refiners in Asia aren’t getting giddy about the Iran deal are some analysts accompanied by an angry...

  4. FT Alphaville

    November 13, 2013

    Recollecting the false messiah of peak oil

    Oil prices continue to decline, with WTI currently leading the charge: So where are the oil bulls of 2008 now? Hard to say....

  5. FT Alphaville

    July 17, 2013

    Liborising oil-price reporting, encore

    Hooray, the final version of the Iosco ‘Principles for Financial Benchmarks’ is out. It’s dull. At least given the stakes:...

  6. beyondbrics

    June 6, 2013

    No joke. Venezuela to launch investor roadshow

    How Venezuela has changed since Hugo Chavez died. What would the raucously anti-imperialist leader have made, for example,...

  7. FT Alphaville

    May 28, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Kuroding yields: The daily attempts of Bank of Japan and Japanese government officials...

  8. beyondbrics

    May 22, 2013

    Ecuador: we want more mining

    Ecuador, the smallest of the OPEC members, is working hard to diversify away from a dependence on oil exports. So now the...

  9. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2013

    Welcome to Saudi America

    WTI crude prices are on the rise, but only at the expense of Brent’s premium. The spread between the two crude grades shrank...

  10. FT Alphaville

    April 24, 2013

    The decline of the oil spot market?

    According to the EIA, the definition of “spot market” is: The price for a one-time open market transaction for immediate...

  11. Nick Butler

    April 6, 2013

    Oil prices - have the Saudis lost control ?

    The Brent oil price fell by more than six dollars last week and at $ 104 is now 20 per cent below its recent peak in the...

  12. FT Alphaville

    March 27, 2013

    Is the end of the oil era nigh?

    Okay. This is weird. Perhaps the analysts in Citi’s commodities team headed by Seth Kleinman (which includes the inimitable...

  13. FT Alphaville

    March 11, 2013

    Is the commodity sell-off overdone?

    The latest commodity advice from Goldman Sachs suggests the current sell-off may be overdone. Here are the key points from...

  14. FT Alphaville

    January 11, 2013

    Is Saudi Arabia starting to panic?

    Some excellent market commentary from Olivier Jakob at Petromatrix on Friday morning regarding the current state of oil...

  15. beyondbrics

    December 9, 2012

    Week ahead, December 10-14

    This week Russia’s president delivers his ‘state of the nation’ address in parliament, Tajikistan joins the World Trade...

  16. beyondbrics

    November 30, 2012

    Venezuela’s topsy-turvy economy

    It has been pointed out before that Father Christmas and Hugo Chávez share a thing or two in common. Venezuela’s populist...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 20, 2012

    Venezuela: lean times ahead

    If Venezuela’s finance minister Jorge Giordani is to be taken at his word, the OPEC country has entered a “new phase” of...

  18. FT Alphaville

    November 19, 2012

    US shale oil abundance: Bernstein vs the IEA

    When the International Energy Agency’s big annual report came out last week there was a big top line story picked up nearly...

  19. beyondbrics

    September 26, 2012

    New York headlines

    * AngloGold halts South Africa operations * Total warns against oil drilling in Arctic * Bumi considers cutting Indonesian...

  20. FT Alphaville

    August 9, 2012

    'The biggest overproduction for any quarter since 1998'

    Did anyone notice how the Brent slump seemed to come to a dramatic halt around June? More to the point, how since the first...

  21. beyondbrics

    July 16, 2012

    Chart of the week: Iranian oil sanctions - whose problem is it?

    The last few days have seen a fresh wave of US sanctions against Iran, in an attempt to put the brakes on its nuclear...

  22. beyondbrics

    July 7, 2012

    Ecuador: going from bad to worse?

    It’s been a week to forget for Ecuador. On Monday, the Andean country startled investors by posting its weakest quarterly...

  23. beyondbrics

    July 5, 2012

    Venezuela: oil gloom over Caracas

    As Hugo Chávez leads yet another lavish parade celebrating Venezuela’s freedom from the Spanish empire – Thursday is the...

  24. FT Alphaville

    June 22, 2012

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning, New York… FT ALPHAVILLE Moody’s downgrade: The rating agency repositioned the ratings of 15 banks and...

  25. FT Alphaville

    June 21, 2012

    The collective good of demand needs YOU!

    From HSBC’s Global Macro Economics team on Thursday: Matters are being made worse because the world’s savers would rather...

  26. FT Alphaville

    June 15, 2012

    Opec compromised; Saudi Arabia becomes lone player

    JBC Energy sums up the thrust of Thursday’s Opec meeting in one handy paragraph: As expected, OPEC members decided to keep...

  27. beyondbrics

    June 13, 2012

    Oil wealth no cure for Venezuela's fiscal woes

    So BP is the latest to recognise officially that Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world, something that...

  28. FT Alphaville

    May 2, 2012

    Marginal oil production costs are heading towards $100/barrel

    Bernstein’s energy analysts have looked at the upstream costs for the 50 biggest listed oil producers and found that —...

  29. beyondbrics

    April 27, 2012

    Venezuelan oil: bring it on to Asia

    It’s no secret that the Chinese are after Venezuela’s oil. If it wasn’t proof enough that China has lent Caracas $32bn in...

  30. FT Alphaville

    March 30, 2012

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Friday, - Michael Pettis vs The Economist. Fight, fight, fight, fight! - The aftermath of Bernanke’s aftermath...

  31. FT Alphaville

    March 21, 2012

    Saudi supply and swooning demand

    The latest movement in Brent and WTI crude… … following the mild retreat after the Saudi oil minister Ali Naimi said on...

  32. FT Alphaville

    March 19, 2012

    The Saudi oil sales enigma

    Something of a strange one this. Every analyst and his dog has for the longest while been preaching that demand for crude...

  33. beyondbrics

    February 27, 2012

    Rmb: of limited use?

    Scarcely a month goes by without an international brokerage making yet another daring prediction about when the renminbi...

  34. beyondbrics

    February 9, 2012

    PDVSA: big talk but can it deliver?

    Although the exact level of Venezuela’s oil production has been shrouded in mystery for almost a decade now, there is no...

  35. beyondbrics

    January 25, 2012

    Venezuela: counting the cost of crime

    It is no secret that Venezuela is hardly the most business friendly country in the world, with a president who habitually...

  36. beyondbrics

    January 13, 2012

    Guest post: is Saudi Arabia's dominance of global oil markets coming to an end?

    By Kathleen Sullivan of Ergo From a petroleum perspective, 2011 appears to have been a fantastic year for Saudi Arabia. The...

  37. beyondbrics

    January 11, 2012

    12 for 2012: oil price fall will squeeze producers' budget plans

    This is the last in our series of guest posts – 12 for 2012 – looking at issues facing emerging markets in the new year. By...

  38. FT Alphaville

    December 14, 2011

    The Saudi production puzzle

    Last week it transpired that Saudi Arabian oil production had hit its highest level in three years. As Bloomberg reported at...

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