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
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
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