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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

  • Rampant Corruption In The World’s Last Oil Frontier

    Published 20 August 2019 | viewed 44,472 times

    It seems that as fast as any positive news appears about the massive and under-developed oil and gas resources of the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan…

  • Iraq Moves To Upgrade Oil Export Capacity

    Published 17 August 2019 | viewed 23,637 times

    Two factors make the urgent build-out of Iraq’s ailing and inadequate oil export infrastructure more essential than ever. The first is the increasingly dangerous security…

  • China Prepares Its “Nuclear Option” In Trade War

    Published 13 August 2019 | viewed 152,883 times

    As the trade war with the U.S. continues to escalate, China has re-engaged with Iran on three key projects and is weighing the use of…

  • Kurdistan’s Massive Gas Reserves No One Knows About

    Published 07 August 2019 | viewed 29,836 times

    Barely a month goes past without another indication of the vast gas potential still largely untapped in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Last…

  • Russia Gains Stranglehold Over Persian Gulf

    Published 04 August 2019 | viewed 58,254 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 10,655 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 16,516 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 16,101 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 22,030 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 16,327 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 32,970 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 13,496 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 65,635 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 17,619 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 33,246 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 16,042 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 50,580 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 33,069 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 56,124 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 18,235 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…

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