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Matt Smith


Contributor since: 17 Oct 2012

Matt Smith

Taking a voyage across the world of energy with ClipperData’s Director of Commodity Research. Follow on Twitter @ClipperData, @mattvsmith01

Latest articles from Matt

  • Indiana Jones, Beyoncé, And Saudi Oil Production

    Published 06 July 2015 | viewed 9,066 times

    Thirty-four years ago today, Indiana Jones was the number one movie at the box office with ‘Raiders of The Lost Ark.’ 1981 was also the…

  • Four Key Catalysts To Watch In The Oil Sector

    Published 04 May 2015 | viewed 12,030 times

    Just as there is a consequence to every action or two sides to every story, there are contrasting repercussions due to the precipitous oil price…

  • Energy Glut Is More Than Just Crude

    Published 03 April 2015 | viewed 7,465 times

    Whilst watching a commercial for the new bacon crust pizza, I suddenly found myself equally torn between being really hungry, and considering the thin gray…

  • A New Season Brings Big Changes In Energy

    Published 07 March 2015 | viewed 7,912 times

    A change in the seasons doesn’t just manifest itself in nature but in the energy markets as well and can often have dramatic impacts on…

  • US Oil Production Could Provide A Few Surprises

    Published 18 February 2015 | viewed 8,311 times

    The current US oil market is in the midst of a slugfest reminiscent of a Rocky fight, as competing influences face off against one another.…

  • Winners And Losers Of Low Gasoline Prices

    Published 31 January 2015 | viewed 8,654 times

    The price drop we have seen at the pump in recent months has been nothing short of spectacular. It has provided the equivalent of a…

  • Oil Crash Needs A Villain But The Story Is More Complex Than That

    Published 22 January 2015 | viewed 13,741 times

    Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami was so consumed by running he combined two of his loves to write a book called ‘What I Talk About When…

  • Looking At The Data Behind Low Oil Prices

    Published 15 December 2014 | viewed 12,022 times

    With so much talk swirling about the current oil price drop, I feel compelled to focus less on the rhetoric and more on the data.…

  • The US Shale Breakeven Price Debate

    Published 20 November 2014 | viewed 36,846 times

    My favorite quote by H.L. Mencken is ‘a cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin‘. A bit morose,…

  • Emerging Energy Trends In Africa

    Published 12 November 2014 | viewed 13,910 times

    A new comprehensive report from the IEA has revealed some interesting energy trends taking place in Africa, with potential for huge growth and development. With…

  • Bad Has Never Looked So Good

    Published 13 September 2014 | viewed 6,340 times

    Not meaning to be villainous – like my British counterparts in the Jaguar commercial - but it would seem that sometimes ‘it’s good to be…

  • 10 Points About China’s Pursuit Of Natural Gas

    Published 03 September 2014 | viewed 17,986 times

    China is in a pickle which it is well aware of – and attempting to fix – as it tries to wean itself off coal…

  • Hitting The Gas…And The Brakes

    Published 25 August 2014 | viewed 5,070 times

    There is an interesting set of twists and turns at play between US unemployment data, vehicle sales, and gasoline demand. If you were to look…

  • Ten Facts About Coal You Probably Didn’t Know

    Published 20 August 2014 | viewed 38,668 times

    While I’ve been digging into a bunch of different commodities recently, there have been a number of interesting bits and bobs relating to coal that…

  • Chips and Salsa with Russell Gold

    Published 26 July 2014 | viewed 4,967 times

    Russell Gold is absolutely marvelous. Not only has he spent over a decade as an intrepid energy reporter at the Wall Street Journal, but he…

  • More Nuggets on the US Energy Boom

    Published 19 July 2014 | viewed 4,903 times

    I didn’t intentionally seek out these nuggets on  the US energy boom – especially so quickly after my recent involvement with Miley and Mr Bieber…

  • Miley, Bieber, And Changing Global Oil Dynamics

    Published 30 April 2014 | viewed 5,615 times

    Let’s go a little controversial here. The U.S. oil boom is such a headline-grabbing topic at the moment that I cannot help but draw comparisons…

  • Peaks and Troughs

    Published 10 April 2014 | viewed 13,642 times

    As we charge through April and head first into the joys of spring, we are filled with reminders of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, and regrowth. Well,…

  • Darn you, Groundhog…

    Published 29 March 2014 | viewed 3,312 times

    Even though flipping a coin has better forecasting skills than the dastardly groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil has unfortunately been on the money for this winter.  Despite…

  • Some of the More Interesting Points to Take from BP’s Energy Outlook

    Published 20 January 2014 | viewed 9,731 times

    BP has just released the latest version of its Energy Outlook to 2035. Although it contains the usual themes we have come to know and…

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