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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

  • Why Qatar Is Better Off Without OPEC

    Published 06 November 2019 | viewed 60,165 times

    One of the many disasters for Saudi Arabia that has come after the accession of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) as its effective leader…

  • The Next Natural Gas Superpower

    Published 03 November 2019 | viewed 57,606 times

    Following the temporary withdrawal of China from Phase 11 of Iran’s supergiant South Pars gas field due to the political backlash that the deal –…

  • The Shady Truth Behind The Aramco IPO

    Published 29 October 2019 | viewed 40,819 times

    One thing that professional bank and fund traders know that others may not is to absolutely never trust the credit rating agencies in making trading…

  • The Key To Iran’s Success In The Face Of Sanctions

    Published 28 October 2019 | viewed 23,935 times

    One of the most humiliating aspects for Iran of the last sanctions era was that it was dependent on the whim of the U.S. for…

  • Iran’s $280 Billion Sanction Skirting Scheme

    Published 22 October 2019 | viewed 50,105 times

    Given that China has put its expansion into Iran on hold for the time being due to the backlash in Iran on the extent of…

  • Putin’s Plan To Take Control Of The Middle East

    Published 21 October 2019 | viewed 38,729 times

    Having secured pivotal economic and political influence in recent months with Iraq (both north and south), Syria, Iran (and by dint of this, the rest…

  • China Makes A Move On OPEC's No.2

    Published 15 October 2019 | viewed 21,592 times

    Following a political backlash in Iran over details of its plans to make Iran effectively a client state through various multi-layered oil and gas deals,…

  • Is Iran Considering An Attack On Saudi Arabia?

    Published 14 October 2019 | viewed 65,411 times

    By all accounts, major general Qasem Soleimani – commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) crack ‘Quds’ force that is responsible for foreign military…

  • The Biggest Problem For The Aramco IPO

    Published 13 October 2019 | viewed 26,485 times

    From almost the very moment in 2016 when Saudi Arabia first announced that it was to float its state-owned oil and gas behemoth, Saudi Aramco,…

  • Iran's 3-Part Plan To Outsmart Sanctions

    Published 09 October 2019 | viewed 19,721 times

    Iran’s priority in continuing to optimise its oil industry exports despite ongoing U.S. sanctions is to push the pace of development firstly of the multiple…

  • Endemic Corruption Is Suffocating Iraq’s Oil Boom

    Published 01 October 2019 | viewed 13,820 times

    Last week’s agreement by the London-based oil and gas company TechnipFMC to pay US$5.1 million to settle an Iraq-related corruption case with the U.S. Securities…

  • OPEC’s No.2 Prepares For Oil Export Boom

    Published 29 September 2019 | viewed 24,128 times

    With Iraq’s oil production in August hitting an all-time record high of 4.97 million barrels per day (bpd), according to local Iraqi sources, the country…

  • How The World’s No.1 Oil Importer Deals With Higher Prices

    Published 24 September 2019 | viewed 17,172 times

    Even if Saudi Arabia’s claim about how swiftly it will recover from the recent attack on its oil infrastructure can be believed – which it…

  • Why The Saudis Are Lying About Their Oil Production

    Published 23 September 2019 | viewed 134,963 times

    Saudi Arabia’s comments about its hydrocarbons industry have long been regarded by industry experts as being as believable as China’s comments about its economic growth:…

  • China Just Got Handed The Oil Deal Of A Lifetime

    Published 17 September 2019 | viewed 174,513 times

    China and Russia are sewing up whatever oil and gas fields and accompanying infrastructure that they can in Iran and Iraq, as Iraq tries to…

  • Russia Capitalizes On America’s Thinly Stretched Middle East Focus

    Published 16 September 2019 | viewed 21,244 times

    A sliver of news from Iraq passed almost unnoticed by global media last week: Stroytransgaz has signed a preliminary contract with the oil ministry in…

  • U.S. And Russia Battle It Out Over This Huge Iraqi Gas Field

    Published 14 September 2019 | viewed 52,705 times

    With the U.S, Russia, and China all jostling for position in Iraq’s oil and gas industry both north and south, Iraq’s oil ministry last week…

  • U.S. Plays ‘Whac-a-Mole’ Game With Iran

    Published 10 September 2019 | viewed 12,419 times

    The latest U.S. sanctions against Iran’s oil shipping network are the latest sign that the ongoing confrontation between the U.S. and Iran operates on a…

  • This Field’s Production Record Says Much About Kurdistan’s Oil Potential

    Published 08 September 2019 | viewed 20,770 times

    News out last week that the relatively new development of the Atrush oil field in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) had passed the…

  • Russia Favored For Half-Trillion Dollar Iranian Oil Project

    Published 03 September 2019 | viewed 23,149 times

    Last week’s announcement from the director of integrated planning at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Karim Zobeidi that the South Pars Oil Layer (SPOL)…

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