Oil

Oil makes a break for the summit

Oil prices reached four-year highs of around $80 this week. And the fundamentals of the market point to even higher prices in the short term.

The biggest economic change in the last ten years that no one talks about

Fracking for oil has made the US energy independent. Its effects have spread far beyond the energy markets, says John Stepek, shifting the global economy’s balance of power.

Jim Rogers: buy gold

Commodities guru Jim Rogers thinks the current oil price is a floor, not a ceiling – but his favourite picks are gold and silver.

Don’t get oil-shocked – prepare your portfolio for pricier crude

Brent crude had been trading at under $45 a barrel. Now it’s around $70 – and it could be a very long time before we see prices that low again.

What’s behind the recent slide in the oil price?

After a year of big rises, the oil price has slipped back recently. Is this just a blip, or are we set for another big tumble? John Stepek explains.

Amid talk of “super-spikes” and shortages – are we near peak oil bullishness?

Saudi Aramco’s warning of a supply crunch in the oil market has an element of déjà vu about it. John Stepek takes a closer look to see what investors should do next.

Opec turns on the taps again

Oil cartel Opec’s decision to raise production was seen as bullish for the oil price, even though a lot more crude is heading to market.

Oil producers are pumping harder – but don’t expect oil prices to slide

Oil cartel Opec and Russia have decided to pump more oil. Normally, higher production means lower prices. But that’s not likely to happen this time, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The race to exploit the Antarctic

For almost 60 years, the southern polar regions have been protected by international treaty. But the continent’s commercial potential is putting co-operation under threat. Simon Wilson reports.

Energy fund experts have failed investors - look elsewhere

There are plenty of positive signs for the energy sector, says Max King, even if its long-term future is one of declining output. But specialist energy fund managers are asleep at the wheel.

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