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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

  • Russia Gains Stranglehold Over Persian Gulf

    Published 04 August 2019 | viewed 59,252 times

    In a potentially catastrophic escalation of tensions in the Persian Gulf, Russia plans to use Iran’s ports in Bandar-e-Bushehr and Chabahar as forward military bases…

  • Iran’s Newest Escape Route To Key Asian Oil Markets

    Published 31 July 2019 | viewed 10,811 times

    In a remarkably prescient move just after the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran at the beginning of 2016, China signed a massive land…

  • Russia Squeezes Out Saudis In Asia Market Share Race

    Published 29 July 2019 | viewed 16,704 times

    Saudi Arabia is struggling in its key economic and geopolitical ambition to position itself as the key substitute in Asia in general and China in…

  • Iraq Uses Old Trick To Get US Involved In Major Gas Hub

    Published 29 July 2019 | viewed 16,400 times

    Last week saw two apparently independent major events occur in Iraq centred on its gas sector but a senior oil and gas industry source who…

  • Saudi Arabia’s Big IMO 2020 Lie

    Published 23 July 2019 | viewed 22,233 times

    The recent announcement that Saudi Arabia’s Alfanar Group is to set up an office in the U.K. to oversee its multi-billion dollar renewable investments there…

  • Iran’s Tactical Move To Skirt Sanctions

    Published 17 July 2019 | viewed 16,544 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 33,216 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 13,668 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 66,028 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 17,818 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 34,380 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 16,182 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,…

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

    Published 20 June 2019 | viewed 50,979 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 34,504 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 57,535 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 18,360 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 30,155 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 18,450 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 25,449 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 27,776 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…

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