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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

  • China Quietly Ramps Up Oil Production In Iran

    Published 10 December 2019 | viewed 25,053 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 126,690 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 17,792 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 83,055 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 22,097 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…

  • Iraq’s Oil Industry Rocked By Two New Corruption Scandals

    Published 24 November 2019 | viewed 27,965 times

    Barely a month goes by without yet another corruption scandal emerging or developing in Iraq. Whether it be the Barzanis’ industrial-scale corruption in the semi-autonomous…

  • Can Iraq Become A World Class Petrochemicals Player?

    Published 20 November 2019 | viewed 11,062 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…

  • The Race To Develop A 50 Billion Barrel Oilfield

    Published 18 November 2019 | viewed 22,636 times

    Both China and Iran think that sufficient time has passed from the furore in both countries that followed media reports of a slew of extremely…

  • The Birth Of An LNG Superpower

    Published 11 November 2019 | viewed 32,398 times

    Given Iran’s huge natural gas reserves, its new-found rapprochement with fellow gas supergiant Qatar, and Russia’s strategy to expedite the ‘Gas OPEC’ global supply and…

  • The Stage Is Set For Oil Price Volatility On November 18th

    Published 10 November 2019 | viewed 53,731 times

    With China’s Fourth Plenum meeting of its ruling Communist Party having ended in October and the U.S. 2020 presidential election campaign gathering pace, both sides…

  • Why Qatar Is Better Off Without OPEC

    Published 06 November 2019 | viewed 53,233 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 54,691 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 38,272 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 20,343 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 47,535 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 34,772 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 19,193 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 61,515 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 23,526 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 16,989 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…

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