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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

  • Iraq Is On The Brink Of An Energy Crisis

    Published 05 February 2020 | viewed 35,940 times

    As the deadline for the U.S. to renew its waiver on Iraq importing gas and electricity from Iran approaches later this month, the three key…

  • The Two Global Powers Controlling Iran’s Oil Sector

    Published 02 February 2020 | viewed 50,904 times

    Aside from becoming the number one petrochemicals powerhouse in the Middle East within the next three years, Iran’s priorities in the current U.S. sanctions environment…

  • US Oil Exports Could Explode After Once In A Lifetime Power Shift In China

    Published 29 January 2020 | viewed 101,062 times

    The consensus of opinion is that China’s commitment to buy an additional US$52.4 billion in U.S. energy products in 2020/21 as part of the Phase…

  • Iran Faces Threat Of Full Global Sanctions

    Published 23 January 2020 | viewed 21,001 times

    There is a lot more to last week’s decision by the U.K., France, and Germany to trigger the dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 Joint…

  • How The Assassination Of Soleimani Could Crush Iraq’s Oil Ambitions

    Published 20 January 2020 | viewed 21,958 times

    Over and above its OPEC+ deal quota – with which it has only ever been marginally acquainted, at best – Iraq’s ambition to dramatically increase…

  • Is Iran Preparing To Send Oil Back To $100?

    Published 14 January 2020 | viewed 111,490 times

    Two of Saudi Arabia’s key oil sites are attacked and its oil production is more than halved but the US$70-75 per barrel of Brent oil…

  • What The Trade War Ceasefire Means For Oil

    Published 13 January 2020 | viewed 17,581 times

    Although the focus of those in the oil markets has been focused on the tensions between Iran and the U.S. in recent days, with many…

  • Is Iraq About To Become A Chinese Client State?

    Published 08 January 2020 | viewed 39,431 times

    Following the political and popular backlash in Iran over details of its plans to make the Islamic Republic effectively a client state through various multi-layered…

  • How To Short The World’s Largest Oil Company

    Published 06 January 2020 | viewed 19,767 times

    Through a combination of bribing local retail investors via preferential loans, threatening wealthy Saudis with a re-run of their treatment in the Ritz Carlton in…

  • Iran Wants To Start Oil & Gas Production In This Disputed Hotspot

    Published 31 December 2019 | viewed 37,423 times

    Given the array of sweetener deals in the oil and gas sector promised to Russia by Iran in the past year or so – suspended…

  • Why The Saudis Suddenly Agreed To This Mega Oil Deal

    Published 30 December 2019 | viewed 86,706 times

    Strange, is it not, that an agreement has suddenly been reached between Saudi Arabia and neighbouring Kuwait on the oil and gas fields that they…

  • Oman Looks At Full Oil Industry Overhaul

    Published 23 December 2019 | viewed 26,408 times

    With a fiscal breakeven oil price of US$87.55 per barrel (pb) of Brent in 2020 and 80 per cent of its revenues still coming directly…

  • Russia Strengthens Its Grip On Syrian Oil

    Published 22 December 2019 | viewed 26,366 times

    Following the various recent announcements from U.S. President Donald Trump that he wants the country to withdraw from all areas of potential conflict in the…

  • Is Trump Preparing A New Iran Nuclear Deal?

    Published 15 December 2019 | viewed 23,046 times

    A moment of monumental importance for U.S.-Iran relations took place early last week when a high-level exchange of prisoners took place in Switzerland. OilPrice.com can…

  • China Quietly Ramps Up Oil Production In Iran

    Published 10 December 2019 | viewed 30,147 times

    The supergiant Azadegan oil field, comprising major north and south sites, is as important to Iran’s overall strategic plan to survive the current sanctions environment…

  • Forget The Hype, Aramco Shares May be Valued At Zero Next Year

    Published 08 December 2019 | viewed 135,870 times

    This week will see the onset of full trading activity in the shares of Saudi Arabia’s flagship oil company, Aramco. Through a combination of wooing…

  • Iran's Most Powerful Oil Man Is Under Fire

    Published 04 December 2019 | viewed 20,535 times

    Iran’s long-standing, extremely able, and highly respected – at home and abroad – Petroleum Minister, Bijan Zanganeh, is now facing impeachment and subsequent removal from…

  • The Superpowers Battling Over Iraq's Giant Oil Field

    Published 01 December 2019 | viewed 89,148 times

    Ever since the U.S. signalled through its effective withdrawal from Syria that it now has little interest in becoming involved in military actions in the…

  • A New Pipeline Could Undo America’s Influence In Asia

    Published 25 November 2019 | viewed 29,030 times

    From the moment that the U.S. re-imposed sanctions in earnest on Iran late last year, Pakistan has been looking at ways to resuscitate a deal…

  • Can Iraq Become A World Class Petrochemicals Player?

    Published 20 November 2019 | viewed 15,349 times

    Theoretically, there is no reason why Iraq cannot become one of the leading producers of petrochemicals in the world, given its tremendous reserves of oil…

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