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Saudi Arabia slips on cheap oil

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had big plans to diversify its economy so that it was no longer so reliant on oil revenue. The current crisis arrived befo…
23 May 2020
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The oil market is showing signs of life again

The oil market has had a terrible time recently as producers pumped as much oil as possible just as demand collapsed due to the coronavirus epidemic. …
15 May 2020
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Oil

Oil market begins to rebalance

Oil prices remain historically depressed, but they have perked up a little this week.
7 May 2020
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Negative oil prices are just one result of banning bankruptcy

Negative oil prices are a result of low interest rates and cheap credit propping up inefficient businesses. Bankruptcy is part of the fabric of capita…
28 Apr 2020
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Oil

Oil sector faces collapse

Should embattled US oil producers be bailed out? And what will happen to Shell and BP’s dividends this year? Matthew Partridge reports.
23 Apr 2020
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Oil

Below zero: oil plunges into negative territory

US oil’s unprecedented collapse is mostly due to how it is traded – but also to the shock to global GDP, says Alex Rankine.
23 Apr 2020
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Oil

The negative oil price meant traders couldn’t give the stuff away – here’s what that means

With a lot more oil being produced than anyone can use and storage space running out, the oil price briefly turned negative. John Stepek explains what…
21 Apr 2020

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Oil

The oil-price war is not over – it's just on hold

Both Opec and Russia have agreed to restrict oil output by ten million barrels per day from next month. But the oil price war isn't over yet.
16 Apr 2020
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Oil

Saudi Arabia heads for a "lost year"

The Covid-19 pandemic has frozen Saudi Arabia's economy and left it with lakes of unwanted oil.
16 Apr 2020
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Oil

The world could soon be drowning in oil

Oil hit an 18-year low this week. And we could even see oil prices turn negative.
3 Apr 2020
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Oil

Oil shoots higher – have we seen the bottom for the big oil companies?

Just a few days ago everyone was worried about negative oil prices. Now, the market has turned upwards. John Stepek explains what’s behind the rise an…
3 Apr 2020
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Oil

Oil prices have collapsed – and some argue that they could even turn negative

With an excess of supply and a drastic cut in demand, the oil price has been hammered this year. John Stepek looks at what that means for oil produce…
30 Mar 2020
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Extraordinary times create extraordinary opportunities – these assets look cheap

With the stage set for some monumental fiscal stimulus, this is most definitely a time to own some gold. And if you’re bold enough, says Dominic Frisb…
18 Mar 2020
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Will an oil price war spark a global crisis?

The oil price suffered its biggest fall since the 1991 Gulf War after Saudi Arabia and Russia decided to bump up production at a time of reduced deman…
12 Mar 2020
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Oil

Black Monday: what the oil price crash means for your money

Oil gave investors a nasty shock today as the price of crude fell harder than at any time for nearly 30 years. John Stepek explains why, and what it m…
9 Mar 2020
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Oil

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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Global Economy

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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Global Economy

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