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The oil price rallies – but a full recovery is a long way off
kofisk oil production platform, the North Sea © Jan Hakan Dahlstrom/Getty
Oil price

The oil price rallies – but a full recovery is a long way off

Brent crude continued its rally early this week. But countries that depend on oil are still in a difficult spot.
5 Jun 2020
Below zero: oil plunges into negative territory
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
The charts that matter: recession fears take hold
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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
Why has the oil market taken the Saudi attack so calmly?
Workers repair damaged tanks at Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq crude oil processing plant © Faisal Al Nasser/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Economy

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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The charts that matter: a market on edge
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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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The charts that matter: “risk on” rules
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
Saudi Arabia tries to boost the oil price
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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The charts that matter: a new hope?
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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The charts that matter: the un-inverting of the yield curve
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
The charts that matter: the bond bubble keeps getting bigger
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
The charts that matter: the great central bank-sponsored rally
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
Will we avoid an oil price spike?
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
Brent crude oil: back in a bear market
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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The charts that matter: markets start to worry
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
Here’s the real reason oil prices are soaring – it’s not all about Iran
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
Forget Trump or Opec – here’s what really drives the oil price
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
The charts that matter: Powell takes a telling from Trump
Economy

The charts that matter: Powell takes a telling from Trump

In a week when the US Federal Reserve turned dovish on interest rates, John Sepek looks at what that means to the global economy’s most important char…
1 Dec 2018
Oil-price slide will boost global economic growth
Economy

Oil-price slide will boost global economic growth

Since early October, the oil price has fallen by a third to a one-year low of around $60 a barrel. But plenty of people will benefit from that.
30 Nov 2018
Watch the oil price closely – it could herald a market rebound
Commodities

Watch the oil price closely – it could herald a market rebound

The oil price has fallen along with virtually every other asset. But keep an eye on it, says John Stepek. An upturn could signal a wider market recove…
22 Nov 2018
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Oil price rise is another headwind for world economy
Economy

Oil price rise is another headwind for world economy

Hedge funds are betting that the oil price will top $100 per barrel in 2019, which will drive up global inflation.
11 Oct 2018
22 December 1973: Opec more than doubles the price of oil
Economy

22 December 1973: Opec more than doubles the price of oil

On this day in 1973 Opec, the oil price cartel, more than doubled the price of oil from $5.12 a barrel to $11.65.
22 Dec 2014