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Geopolitics / International

Saudi Corruption Crackdown Topples Oil Kingpins

Nov 08, 2017 at 16:37 | Cyril Widdershoven

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s unexpected crackdown has shattered the tranquility of the kingdom. After Saturday’s news emerged that a long list of high-profile Saudi royals, military leaders and…

Oil Tycoons Make Billions In Saudi Purge

Nov 08, 2017 at 13:53 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Oil tycoons are applauding Saudi Arabia’s recent anti-corruption raid, which has boosted the net worth of the world’s 21 largest oil tycoons by $1.4 billion, according to Bloomberg. The…

Is A Venezuelan Default Inevitable?

Nov 06, 2017 at 17:03 | Irina Slav

Bondholders, creditors, and any company with operations in Venezuela are all agog for news from Caracas after President Nicolas Maduro announced Venezuela will look to restructure its US$89 billion worth…

Saudi Crackdown Was A “Classic Head Fake” For Oil Prices

Nov 06, 2017 at 12:47 | ZeroHedge

Overnight, following the recent Saudi turmoil, prices in the crude complex jumped to the highest levels in over two years, amid speculation that Saudi Arabia is more likely to back…

The Geopolitical Implications Of Renewable Energy

Nov 03, 2017 at 17:05 | Todd Royal

An October report from BlackRock (BLK)—the world’s largest publicly traded investment management firm—wisely states, “markets are calm but geopolitics are anything but.” Wind and solar energy—two leading renewable energy options—could…

Russia Aims To Dominate Middle East Energy

Nov 02, 2017 at 12:20 | Dave Forest

I’ve been writing a lot lately about Russian energy firms expanding worldwide. With Rosneft having been particularly active — striking critical deals in spots like India and Egypt the last few months.…

New U.S. Sanctions Threaten Russian Oil Projects

Nov 01, 2017 at 14:05 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Washington’s newest round of sanctions against Moscow’s oil and gas industry targets Russia’s upcoming projects worldwide, according to drafts of the measures introduced at the United Nations by the…

Trump’s China Trip To Reap Billions In Energy Deals

Nov 01, 2017 at 13:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

U.S. President Donald Trump will visit China November 8-10 for a series of bilateral and commercial events, including a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. On that trip, President…

Tensions Rise As Iraq Halts Kirkuk Oil Exports

Nov 01, 2017 at 12:00 | Tsvetana Paraskova

Since the Iraqi army took control of the fields in the oil-rich Kirkuk area in mid-October, reports of disruptions in oil flows have been a daily occurrence, but now, according…

Venezuela Avoids Default With Critical Payment

Oct 27, 2017 at 12:57 | ZeroHedge

On Wednesday, when looking at the imminent principal payment on $842 million in debt issued by Venezuela's state-run oil company PDVSA , we warned that the state - which had previously…

Saudi Rhetoric Sends Oil Prices To Two-Year High

Oct 27, 2017 at 09:26 | Irina Slav

Comments made by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), sent Brent crude to its highest in more than two years, to US$59.30 a barrel, Reuters reports. West…

The Qatar Blockade Could Cause A Regional Recession

Oct 26, 2017 at 15:33 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Five months into the Gulf’s blockade against Qatar, and neither side looks ready to budge. But the repercussions of the ongoing spat—and Kuwait’s failure to end the dispute—could deliver a…

Venezuela Could Default In The Next 48 Hours

Oct 26, 2017 at 12:52 | ZeroHedge

This past weekend, Venezuela failed to make $237 million in bond coupon payment, blaming "technical glitches" when in reality it simply did not have the money (or wish to part…

Iraq Conflict Won’t Trigger Oil Rally

Oct 25, 2017 at 16:56 | Nick Cunningham

The standoff between the Iraqi government and Kurdistan over the past month helped push up oil prices, due to the idling of a sizable portion of the country’s crude oil…

Saudi Arabia To Move Beyond Oil And Islam

Oct 25, 2017 at 16:53 | Zainab Calcuttawala

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the coming creation of a $500 billion business and industrial megacity that links Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan together by focusing on growth in…

Can Venezuela Avoid Default?

Oct 24, 2017 at 15:58 | Tsvetana Paraskova

The oil and bond market participants have hardly had time to take a breather after Venezuela’s disputed regional election, as the cash-strapped crisis-stricken country has to make more than…

The 5 Countries That Could Push Oil Prices Up

Oct 23, 2017 at 17:21 | Nick Cunningham

Oil prices appear to be stuck in the $50s per barrel, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t serious supply risks to the market. An unexpected disruption could occur at any…

Syrian Kurds Cut Secret Gas Deal With Russian Forces

Oct 20, 2017 at 16:32 | ZeroHedge

In a move that surprised many observers of the ongoing war for Deir Ezzor province, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) handed over one of Syria's largest gas fields to Russian…

Are Oil Markets Becoming Immune To Geopolitical Risk?

Oct 20, 2017 at 10:14 | Gregory Brew

After lying dormant for a few months, the risk premium in oil is back. That, at least, is what many analysts have begun declaring in the wake…

Half A Million Bpd At Risk From Geopolitical Firestorm

Oct 17, 2017 at 16:41 | Nick Cunningham

It’s been a long time since geopolitical developments caused major movements in the oil price, but the escalating tension between the U.S. and Iran, combined with the sudden military clashes…

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