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Matthew Smith

Contributor since: 09 Feb 2018

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is Oilprice.com's Latin-America correspondent. Matthew is a veteran investor and investment management professional. He obtained a Master of Law degree and is currently located in Latin America. Matthew writes on oil and gas, mining and infrastructure.

Latest articles from Matthew

  • Colombia’s Gamble On Oil Could End In Disaster

    Published 08 July 2020 | viewed 15,509 times

    The latest oil price collapse coupled with the considerable economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has battered Colombia’s fragile economy. As the strife-torn Latin American…

  • Venezuela’s Oil Riches Are Quietly Falling Under Russian Control

    Published 07 July 2020 | viewed 26,651 times

    For decades during the Cold War, Latin America was a focal point of conflict between the two superpowers, the U.S. and Soviet Union. While the…

  • Colombia Is An Overlooked Victim Of The Oil Price War

    Published 29 June 2020 | viewed 18,634 times

    The considerable optimism surrounding oil at the end of 2019, when Brent was trading at $68 a barrel has turned sour. The demand shock triggered…

  • Putin's Push For Energy Dominance In Latin America

    Published 25 November 2019 | viewed 15,430 times

    A reawakened Russian bear is seeking to reassert the former superpower’s clout by extending influence in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. This…

  • Venezuela’s Crisis Threatens U.S. Control Over Oil Prices

    Published 14 January 2019 | viewed 30,883 times

    The Russian bear is on the prowl once again as President Putin seeks to expand Moscow’s influence and bolster the one-time superpower’s global influence while…

  • Colombia’s Oil Rebound Off To A Rough Start In 2019

    Published 09 January 2019 | viewed 16,857 times

    Last year was a tough one for Colombia’s burgeoning oil industry. A combination of weaker oil, the latest price collapse, deteriorating security and a lack…

  • Brazil Poised For Historic Oil Boom

    Published 23 April 2018 | viewed 21,094 times

    After being caught up in major corruption scandals and suffering from what some have claimed was its worst economic downturn in 100-years, Brazil has pulled…

  • Will U.S. Shale Offset Soaring Global Oil Demand?

    Published 22 April 2018 | viewed 20,906 times

    Oil has rallied sharply in recent days to see West Texas Intermediate (WTI) trading at just under $70 per barrel and Brent breaking through the…

  • A Natural Gas Crisis Looms Over Colombia

    Published 21 April 2018 | viewed 21,460 times

    Colombia’s energy sector is caught in a series of crises. The prolonged slump in oil since the end of 2014 saw investment in the sector,…

  • Could These Discoveries Revive Colombia’s Oil Industry?

    Published 03 March 2018 | viewed 15,759 times

    It hasn’t been all plain sailing for Colombia’s oil industry in recent years. While the government remains focused on boosting oil production to kickstart growth…

  • Brazil’s Coming Oil Boom Will Weigh On Oil Prices

    Published 20 February 2018 | viewed 37,121 times

    It has been an appalling few years for Brazil’s energy patch. Weaker oil prices, sweeping corruption scandals and the worst economic downturn ever have sharply…

  • Argentina Is On The Cusp Of A Shale Boom

    Published 15 February 2018 | viewed 40,617 times

    The end of the Peronist hold on Argentine politics and rise of pro-business president Mauricio Macri has heralded in a new age for what was…

  • Colombia’s Oil Industry Faces 3 Big Problems

    Published 14 February 2018 | viewed 20,718 times

    Colombia’s beleaguered oil patch remains under considerable pressure. Aside from falling investment and a lack of proven reserves that has led to fears that it…

  • U.S. Shale Companies Are Ready To Expand

    Published 11 February 2018 | viewed 15,672 times

    The latest oil rally, which sees crude trading at close to its highest point in three years, is sufficient to garner considerable attention from market…

  • The Rise And Fall Of Colombia’s Shale Industry

    Published 10 February 2018 | viewed 15,496 times

    One of Latin America’s most stunning tales of economic development in recent years appears doomed to come to a bitter end… Colombia’s reliance upon its…

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