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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

  • Is Iraq About To Become A Chinese Client State?

    Published 08 January 2020 | viewed 37,491 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 17,469 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 36,474 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 86,015 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 25,556 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 25,329 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…

  • Iraq’s 550,000 Bpd Oil Deal Is In Jeopardy

    Published 17 December 2019 | viewed 18,477 times

    The much-vaunted deal involving the transfer of oil from the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in Iraq’s north in exchange for budget disbursements from the federal…

  • Is Trump Preparing A New Iran Nuclear Deal?

    Published 15 December 2019 | viewed 22,514 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 29,014 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 132,706 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 19,982 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 87,909 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 26,802 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 28,049 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 14,147 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 24,551 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 34,994 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 55,064 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 59,683 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 57,167 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 –…

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