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The True Complexity Of Plastic Pollution

The True Complexity Of Plastic Pollution

Jan 04, 2019 at 09:56 | Ross McCracken

While the number of plastics regulations is proliferating globally, how to deal with the problem of plastic pollution is complex, particularly when viewed through the prism of climate change and…

The Oil Bulls Are Returning

The Oil Bulls Are Returning

Jan 04, 2019 at 09:56 | Editorial Dept

The first week of 2019 has brought back some of the bullish sentiment that market watchers had given up on after three consecutive (and quite painful) weeks of losses. The…

The Oil Man Of The Year

The Oil Man Of The Year

Dec 19, 2018 at 15:34 | Editorial Dept

2018 was a year of surprises for oil. We began with most traders and commentators convinced that $100 crude was a very real risk and ended the year with a…

Global Intelligence Report - 19th December 2018

Global Intelligence Report - 19th December 2018

Dec 19, 2018 at 15:30 | Editorial Dept

Geopolitical Notebook Sources - High-ranking Turkish armed forces liaison officer- Turkish editor of a major daily publication- UAE oil ministry source Turkey is escalating the situation on the…

7 Trends To Look Out For In 2019

7 Trends To Look Out For In 2019

Dec 19, 2018 at 15:22 | Editorial Dept

It is that time of the year again. Just as parents are assiduously picking the best presents for their kids, as kids are eagerly anticipating the onset of the winter…

Plastic Pollution And Oil Demand

Plastic Pollution And Oil Demand

Dec 19, 2018 at 15:17 | Ross McCracken

Plastics pollution burst into the public consciousness in 2018, and is unlikely to retreat any time soon. Policy momentum to address plastics pollution has in fact been building for some…

Oil Market Suffering Continues

Oil Market Suffering Continues

Dec 19, 2018 at 15:14 | Editorial Dept

There we go again, another negative week for oil amid a generally negative market sentiment and fortifying fears that oversupply is imminent in Q1 2019. Bullish factors that include supply…

What’s Behind The New OPEC Skepticism?

What’s Behind The New OPEC Skepticism?

Dec 14, 2018 at 13:31 | Editorial Dept

OPEC+ took action to cut supplies from the market last week and threw themselves and U.S. frackers a substantial short-term lifeline. In terms of price action, the 1.2m bpd cut…

Global Intelligence Report - 14th December 2018

Global Intelligence Report - 14th December 2018

Dec 14, 2018 at 13:23 | Editorial Dept

Sources - Kazakhstan energy industry executives- Western hedge fund manager- A source in the Kazakh political elite inner circle- A prominent UAE banker- Libyan investigative journalist…

Russia Wary Of Long-Term Output Declines

Russia Wary Of Long-Term Output Declines

Dec 14, 2018 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Russia has never been producing more oil than it does now – up to the OPEC/OPEC+ production cut agreed upon in Vienna last week, almost every single month brought along…

The Real Impact Of Diesel Bans

The Real Impact Of Diesel Bans

Dec 14, 2018 at 13:08 | Ross McCracken

‘Diesel bans’ should be in force in no less than seven German cities by the first half of next year. They follow measures introduced in Paris and Oslo in 2017,…

Oil Markets Stuck As Hedge Funds Remain Bearish

Oil Markets Stuck As Hedge Funds Remain Bearish

Dec 14, 2018 at 12:56 | Editorial Dept

The penultimate full trading week of 2018 brought no clear indication of where oil markets would go in the upcoming weeks. On one hand, the OPEC/OPEC+ deal placated fears that…

Why Fundamentals In Oil Markets Haven’t Changed

Why Fundamentals In Oil Markets Haven’t Changed

Dec 07, 2018 at 13:44 | Editorial Dept

Last week we wrote about Oil’s Big Week highlighting the importance of the OPEC+ and Trump/Xi G20 meetings which transpired in the last few days. Unfortunately the week’s events seem…

Global Intelligence Report - 7th December 2018

Global Intelligence Report - 7th December 2018

Dec 07, 2018 at 13:38 | Editorial Dept

Geopolitical Notebook Sources - Lawyer in UAE working with high-net-worth Russian clients- UAE ministry official- Economist in Dubai Qatar Exits Cartel to Protect LNG Qatar’s announcement that it…

The Future Of OPEC Is Underground

The Future Of OPEC Is Underground

Dec 07, 2018 at 13:35 | Editorial Dept

Roughly two years ago, in the last days of November 2016, Vienna became the epicenter of global oil developments. There, a ground-breaking agreement was concluded, the Vienna Agreements (also known…

The Conference That Overshadowed OPEC

The Conference That Overshadowed OPEC

Dec 07, 2018 at 13:32 | Ross McCracken

OPEC gathered at its 175th meeting on December 6 in Vienna. It had some tough decisions to make, and its oil ministers were undoubtedly keeping an eye on the much…

OPEC+ Gives Oil Bulls Hope

OPEC+ Gives Oil Bulls Hope

Dec 07, 2018 at 13:29 | Editorial Dept

 The uncertainty surrounding OPEC/OPEC+ negotiations in Vienna strengthened the overwhelmingly bearish sentiment in oil markets this week, but a larger than expected cut has sent oil prices soaring. The failure…

Oil’s Big Week Is Upon Us

Oil’s Big Week Is Upon Us

Nov 30, 2018 at 14:04 | Editorial Dept

It’s hard to imagine higher stakes for the oil market over the next week as traders get set for an OPEC+ meeting and the Trump/Xi G20 meeting on the heels…

Global Intelligence Report - 30th November 2018

Global Intelligence Report - 30th November 2018

Nov 30, 2018 at 13:58 | Editorial Dept

Global Intelligence Report - 30th November 2018 Sources - Turkey’s National Security Council - Turkish general, ex-NATO - Top aide to Turkish deputy foreign minister - Saudi figure close to…

Unexpected Anomalies In Oil Markets

Unexpected Anomalies In Oil Markets

Nov 30, 2018 at 13:52 | Editorial Dept

Some trends are just impossible to predict because before they take place, the mere idea of them materializing seems like outlandish. Yet, sometimes the market takes everyone by surprise –…

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