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Coronavirus is a "black swan" event for oil

The coronavirus outbreak is leaving the energy industry facing the prospect of no overall demand growth for the calendar year. 
15 Feb 2020
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Have we reached the end of the road for petrol cars?

The prime minister has said that all new sales of vehicles with internal combustion engines will be banned from 2035. Is that achievable?
15 Feb 2020
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A look at the state of Iran’s feeble economy

The Islamic Republic is a big player in regional geopolitics, but its economy is weak, its people in revolt and its enemies growing bolder. Simon Wils…
11 Jan 2020
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US vs Iran: threat of war shakes the world

America’s assassination of a key figure in the Iranian regime has jolted bullish investors out of their complacency. Could we now be facing an oil spi…
9 Jan 2020
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Another year of politics for investors to worry about

It’s the start of another year and once again politics looms large in the minds of investors. This year, it’s an escalation in the temperature of the …
9 Jan 2020
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What escalating tension between Iran and the US means for oil prices

The tension between the US and Iran is unlikely to mean all-out war in the Middle East. But markets may be getting a little too complacent about its e…
6 Jan 2020
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Oil

Rising output will keep a lid on the oil price

Oil exporters’ cartel Opec gave further encouragement to the bulls this month after agreeing to new production curbs.
20 Dec 2019
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Saudi Arabia's Aramco IPO falls short of expectations

Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil giant, has finally made it to market. But the regime struggled mightily to get it there. 
12 Dec 2019

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Oil

Yet more trouble at Tullow Oil

Tullow Oil shares have plunged to a 16-year low after the company slashed its annual production forecast.
12 Dec 2019
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Investors today are unreasonably bearish on oil companies

As the world looks to a future without fossil fuels, investors have abandoned oil companies. But we still need oil, says John Stepek. And this irratio…
9 Dec 2019
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Oil

Brace yourself for pricier oil

Global growth, and hence demand for oil, could surprise on the upside next year, leading to a bounce in the oil price.
29 Nov 2019
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Stockmarkets

Why Saudi Arabia’s big oil flop is good news for investors in fossil fuels

The trouble Saudi Aramco is having getting interest for its IPO is a sign of deep negative sentiment towards the sector. And that’s a good sign for co…
19 Nov 2019
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Stockmarkets

Saudi Aramco heads to market in history's biggest IPO

Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil colossus, is set to float on its home market. Are the shares appealing?
7 Nov 2019
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Oil

No one cares about the oil market – that’s why it’s a good time to invest

The best time to invest in a market is when things are quiet. And right now, there’s no market quieter than oil. Dominic Frisby picks the best way to …
6 Nov 2019
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The Saudi Aramco IPO could mark the bottom for oil

Big flotations or mergers often mark the top of a market. But the Saudi Aramco IPO could mark a bottom. And that spells opportunity, says John Stepek.
4 Nov 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: recession fears take hold

John Stepek looks at how the charts that matter most to the global economy have reacted to fears of a recession.
5 Oct 2019
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Economy

Money Minute Friday 4 October: counting jobs and oil rigs

In today's Money Minute, we get the all-important US employment figures for last month, plus the "Baker Hughes oil rig count".
4 Oct 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: markets waver amid the political turmoil

As politics becomes increasingly unhinged, John Stepek looks at how the week's events have affected the charts that matter the most to the global econ…
28 Sep 2019
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Stock markets

This could be a huge contrarian “buy” signal for oil stocks

One of the world’s biggest oil companies has fallen out of the top ten US stocks by market capitalisation. There could be a buying opportunity here, s…
27 Sep 2019
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Why has the oil market taken the Saudi attack so calmly?

After an initial spike in the oil price, the market seems to have shrugged off the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure. John Stepek asks if it…
23 Sep 2019
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Chart of the week: US inflation follows oil and gold

Bonds advanced after the attack on Saudi Arabia, with investors ignoring the potential for a rise in inflation. This chart also suggests they are bein…
23 Sep 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: a market on edge

As markets continue their nervous run, John Stepek looks for clues from the charts that matter most to the global economy.
21 Sep 2019
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Commodities

How the shock of the Saudi attack will linger over the oil market

The drone strike on Saudi oil facilities proves that the global oil supply chain is vulnerable to attack. Markets must start to price a bigger risk pr…
19 Sep 2019
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There’s plenty of life in oil stocks yet

If you’re looking for a reliable source of income for your retirement, you might be better off with high-yielding resources stocks than with an annuit…
16 Sep 2019
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Economy

Could spiking oil prices burst the bubble in bonds?

The oil price has spiked after drone strikes crippled some of Saudi Arabia’s vital oil production infrastructure. John Stepek looks at the effect on t…
16 Sep 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: “risk on” rules

The “risk-off” move we saw over the past month or so has reversed. John Stepek looks at how that affects the charts that matter the most to the global…
14 Sep 2019
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Oil

Saudi Arabia tries to boost the oil price

This week brought talk of a Saudi effort to raise the oil price as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman replaced energy minister Khalid al-Falih with Prin…
12 Sep 2019
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Economy

Why the sacking of Saudi Arabia’s energy minister matters for your money

The delay in listing Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, has led to the sacking of the country’s energy minister. John Stepek explains why…
10 Sep 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: a new hope?

The gap between yields on short and long-dated US bonds turned positive this week, after having briefly turned negative. John Stepek looks at how thi…
7 Sep 2019
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Commodities

The bullish and bearish cases for oil prices

The oil price is now firmly in a bear market. But saying where it goes next is tricky, says John Stepek. There are good arguments for a big move in ei…
9 Aug 2019
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Commodities

Why I’m still bullish on oil for the long run

The oil price has been trending down for months, now. Technically, it's in a bear market. But whatever the short-term trend, everybody should have som…
24 Jul 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the un-inverting of the yield curve

The US bond yield curve turned positive again at the tail end of this week. John Stepek looks at how it affects the charts that matter the most to the…
20 Jul 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the bond bubble keeps getting bigger

Markets are still absorbing the impact of the Federal Reserve’s shift closer to cutting rates that we saw last week. John Stepek looks at what's happe…
29 Jun 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: the great central bank-sponsored rally

With the US central bank now on board with the idea of cutting interest rates, John Stpeek looks at what this means for the charts that matter most to…
22 Jun 2019
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Commodities

Will we avoid an oil price spike?

With around a fifth of the world’s oil travelling through Strait of Hormuz, the most recent incident there has raised new concerns about global oil su…
20 Jun 2019
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Oil

Brent crude oil: back in a bear market

The price of Brent crude oil has fallen by more than 20% since May – past the level that marks a bear market.
14 Jun 2019
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Economy

What does the tension in the Gulf of Oman mean for oil?

The price of oil spiked after two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. John Stepek looks at how an escalating conflict could affect markets – an…
14 Jun 2019
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The charts that matter: the great bond bubble revisited

A slide in bond yields this week has driven the yield curve lower. John Stepek looks at how this has affected the charts that matter most to the globa…
1 Jun 2019
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Economy

What will it take for us to value real stuff again?

The intangible economy has ballooned in recent decades and today it looks all but unassailable. Dominic Frisby looks at what could bring it back down …
29 May 2019
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Economy

The charts that matter: markets start to worry

With bond yields sliding this week as investors started to fret about global trade, John Stepek looks at the effect on the charts that matter most to …
25 May 2019
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Commodities

Oil will come off the boil

The price of Brent crude, the main oil-price benchmark, has broken through $75 for the first time this year. But the rally won't last.
2 May 2019
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Economy

Here’s the real reason oil prices are soaring – it’s not all about Iran

The US is tightening sanctions on Iran and cracking down on its oil exports. But that’s not why the oil price has hit a new high, says John Stepek.
23 Apr 2019
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Oil

Chart of the week: will the oil rally last?

A disruption to supplies from the North African country could give oil prices a big short-term boost.
12 Apr 2019
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Economy

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.
11 Apr 2019
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Economy

“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 ne…
9 Apr 2019
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Commodities

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. J…
15 Mar 2019
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Commodities

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.
7 Mar 2019
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Commodities

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 indust…
23 Feb 2019
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Oil

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 …
21 Feb 2019