Oil

A symptom of our quantitative-easing-addled world

That Saudi Arabian oil giant Saudi Aramco was able to borrow so cheaply on the markets is odd, says John Stepek.

“It’s the era of socially responsible investment – ooh hello, Saudi Aramco”

“Switched-on” investors like to talk up socially responsible investing, says John Stepek. But if you’re serious about doing it for real, you really need to do it for yourself.

Forget Trump or Opec – here’s what really drives the oil price

Donald Trump doesn’t like high oil prices. Oil cartel Opec does. But it doesn’t matter what either of them wants – they don’t control the oil price. John Stepek explains what does.

Trump's tweet scatters the oil bulls

A tweet from Donald Trump in favour of lower oil prices has put the cat among the pigeons.

Britain’s blocked fracking pipeline

Protesters claim that fracking for gas and oil is not worth the risks. Producers argue the rules are too restrictive. Who’s right? And does the industry have a future? Simon Wilson reports.

The oil price soars – but can it last?

The oil price has risen by nearly 25% so far in 2019, well in advance of any developed-world stockmarket. But the surge may not get a lot higher from here.

The oil price has soared this year – and it’s nothing to do with supply or demand

The oil price has risen by 20% this year – far outstripping the stockmarkets. John Stepek looks at the reasons for its rise, and what might happen from here.

What Venezuela means for oil

Venezuela’s oil output has been decreasing for more than two decades. But what does the current crisis mean for the oil price?

What’s next for global markets? Keep a close eye on the oil price

The price of oil has tumbled in recent weeks, just as stocks have lost their footing. John Stepek looks at what a rebound in crude would mean for investors.

Qatar quits Opec: world still turns

The small Gulf state of Qatar has left Opec, the oil producers cartel, saying it wants to concentrate on gas production.

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