Oil cartel Opec agrees deal to boost oil production – what does it mean for you?
Oil well pumps
Oil

Oil cartel Opec agrees deal to boost oil production – what does it mean for you?

The world’s major oil producers have agreed to significantly increase production as the price of oil soars. Saloni Sardana looks at the deal.
19 Jul 2021
What Opec’s squabbling means for oil
Opec meeting
Oil price

What Opec’s squabbling means for oil

Failure of the "Opec+" oil cartel to reach agreement after a disastrous meeting has seen oil prices soar.
8 Jul 2021
What’s driving the oil price volatility, and where could it go next?
Opec meeting
Oil

What’s driving the oil price volatility, and where could it go next?

The oil price has whipsawed in volatile trading, after Opec delayed a key production meeting. Saloni Sardana looks at what's going on, and where the o…
7 Jul 2021
The US dollar is in a bull market. That’s bad news for most assets
US dollar bills
Currencies

The US dollar is in a bull market. That’s bad news for most assets

Even with the Federal Reserve printing money hand over fist, the US dollar has made a bottom and is now in a bull market. That has serious implication…
1 Jul 2021
What green energy, my expanding waistline, and the price of oil have in common
Oil industry protesters
Oil

What green energy, my expanding waistline, and the price of oil have in common

In echoes of the flawed public health advice of the 1980s, governments are taking action – but not necessarily the correct action – to be “greener”. T…
9 Jun 2021
Oil price comes off the boil as the pandemic lingers
Oil price

Oil price comes off the boil as the pandemic lingers

Brent crude oil had its worst week since October last week, tumbling by 7%, as continued virus restrictions in Europe weigh on demand.
25 Mar 2021
Will we see oil at $100 a barrel again?
Oil

Will we see oil at $100 a barrel again?

Bank of America thinks crude will hit $100 a barrel at some point the next five years as demand picks up.
5 Mar 2021
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Is the oil price heading for $100 again?
Oil

Is the oil price heading for $100 again?

Not so very long ago, the oil price went negative. But in the last three months alone it’s risen by 50%. And while it may take the odd breather here a…
16 Feb 2021
22 December 1973: Opec more than doubles the price of oil
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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 2020
Oil prices will mount a recovery
Oil

Oil prices will mount a recovery

Hopes of a Covid-19 vaccine lifted oil markets earlier this week, with Brent crude jumping to $43 a barrel.
13 Nov 2020
Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?
Oil price

Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?

Demand for oil plummeted as the world locked itself down, and oil producers’ share prices remain stuck at rock bottom. John Stepek explains why the se…
8 Oct 2020
The oil-price rebound has stalled
Oil

The oil-price rebound has stalled

The post-lockdown rally in the oil price has now stalled, with prices down by 6% since the beginning of September
1 Oct 2020
Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?
Oil

Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?

With demand for oil hammered by Covid-19 and talk of “peak oil demand”, there are lots of good reasons to be bearish on oil producers. So, asks John S…
22 Sep 2020
Is this the end of the oil era? And if so, what should you invest in?
Oil

Is this the end of the oil era? And if so, what should you invest in?

Oil major BP says we may already have seen “peak oil demand”. What would that mean for your portfolio? John Stepek investigates.
17 Sep 2020
The oil price comes off the boil again
Oil

The oil price comes off the boil again

The oil-price rally has come unstuck, with Brent crude falling back by 12% so far this month to hit a two-month low. 
11 Sep 2020
Can the oil-price rally continue?
Oil

Can the oil-price rally continue?

The oil price has risen by 120% since its April low. But that is encouraging producers to increase supply.
31 Jul 2020
The oil price rallies – but a full recovery is a long way off
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
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?
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
The charts that matter: a market on edge
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
Could spiking oil prices burst the bubble in bonds?
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