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Simon Watkins

Contributor since: 07 May 2019

Simon Watkins

Simon Watkins is a former senior FX trader and salesman, financial journalist, and best-selling author. He was Head of Forex Institutional Sales and Trading for Credit Lyonnais, and later Director of Forex at Bank of Montreal. He was then Head of Weekly Publications and Chief Writer for Business Monitor International, Head of Fuel Oil Products for Platts, and Global Managing Editor of Research for Renaissance Capital in Moscow. He has written extensively on oil and gas, Forex, equities, bonds, economics and geopolitics for many leading publications, and has worked as a geopolitical risk consultant for a number of major hedge funds in London, Moscow, and Dubai. In addition, he has authored five books on finance, oil, and financial markets trading published by ADVFN and available on Amazon, Apple, and Kobo.

Latest articles from Simon

  • Iran’s Tactical Move To Skirt Sanctions

    Published 17 July 2019 | viewed 10,600 times

    Facing vigorously enforced U.S. sanctions directed principally on oil, Iran is focussing on the less targeted strategic areas in its hydrocarbons business, notably continuing to…

  • The Only OPEC Member That Could Challenge Saudi Oil Dominance

    Published 15 July 2019 | viewed 24,700 times

    In line with its targets for increasing crude oil production to 6.2 million barrels per day (bpd) by end-2020 and 9 million bpd by end-2023,…

  • The No.1 Reason Why The Saudis Won’t Ditch The Aramco IPO

    Published 11 July 2019 | viewed 8,407 times

    Last week Saudi Arabia announced that it is to launch its first Euro-denominated bonds shortly, following the recent bond issue from Saudi Aramco. At around…

  • Here’s Putin’s Answer To The U.S. Shale Boom

    Published 08 July 2019 | viewed 56,232 times

    Last week saw Japan’s Mitsui and Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation agree to buy a 10% stake in Novatek’s Arctic LNG (liquefied natural…

  • Iran’s Best Bet To Avoid U.S. Sanctions

    Published 04 July 2019 | viewed 12,559 times

    Iran’s parliament last week passed a draft bill allowing for a massive increase in the number of oil and gas condensates refineries in the country,…

  • The Real Reason Why ExxonMobil Won’t Go Ahead With $53 Billion Iraqi Megaproject

    Published 03 July 2019 | viewed 18,802 times

    Last week a small news item went largely unnoticed by the international media but it hints at the real – and until now unpublished -…

  • Trade War Is Unexpected Boon For Iranian Gas

    Published 27 June 2019 | viewed 13,145 times

    Facing an unexpectedly rigorous enforcement by the U.S. of its re-imposed sanctions on oil and the recent addition of partial sanctions on its petrochemicals sector,…

  • The Last Truly Underdeveloped Oil Frontier In The Middle East

    Published 25 June 2019 | viewed 20,509 times

    Over and above the petty party squabbling that characterises the politics of Iraq’s semi-autonomous northern region of Kurdistan, it can safely be conjectured that at…

  • This Is How The U.S. Plans To Cripple Iran’s Economy

    Published 20 June 2019 | viewed 31,787 times

    With sanctions re-imposed on Iran’s oil exports last year and recently applied in part to its petrochemicals exports as well, the U.S. is now looking…

  • The Oil Company Investors Fear Most

    Published 18 June 2019 | viewed 23,268 times

    Last week saw another upwards revision in Saudi Arabia’s proved oil reserves, this time via BP (although the figures came from Saudi’s state hydrocarbons behemoth,…

  • How Iran Was Swindled Out Of $3.2 Trillion

    Published 13 June 2019 | viewed 39,704 times

    Underlying the one-year anniversary in mid-August of the signing of the ‘Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea’ is one of the greatest…

  • Can Trump Rely On The Saudis As Oil Prices Crash?

    Published 10 June 2019 | viewed 15,590 times

    A month or so ago U.S. President Donald Trump extracted a promise from Saudi Arabia that it would pump more oil to mitigate the risk…

  • Iran’s Lifeline Against U.S. Sanctions

    Published 05 June 2019 | viewed 24,300 times

    Given that the immediate focus of U.S. sanctions on Iran is the nation’s oil sector, the Islamic Republic is concentrating on pushing its already significant…

  • Iraq’s Ambitious Oil Plan Faces One Major Problem

    Published 03 June 2019 | viewed 12,379 times

    The Federal Government of Iraq (FGI) in Baghdad moved swiftly when the U.S. re-imposed sanctions against Iran, ordering its Oil Ministry to breach part of…

  • Iran’s Trick To Sell Oil For A 30% Premium

    Published 19 May 2019 | viewed 19,499 times

    Given the U.S.’s deployment earlier this month of an aircraft carrier battle group to the Persian Gulf and comments that it may send up to…

  • The Battle For Control Over Iraq’s Oil

    Published 13 May 2019 | viewed 19,286 times

    Iraq regards the U.S.’s refusal to extend waivers for countries importing oil from Iran as a tacit endorsement for it to pump its own oil…

  • Iran’s Master Plan To Beat U.S. Sanctions

    Published 07 May 2019 | viewed 51,693 times

    One key foreign policy goal of the current U.S. government is to initiate regime change in Iran by crippling its economy to such a degree…

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