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The Calm Before The Coming Global Storm

By Pepe Escobar Major turbulence seems to be the name of the game in 2016. Yet the current turbulence may be interpreted as the calm before the next, devastating geopolitical/financial storm. Let’s review the current state of play via the dilemmas afflicting the House of Saud, the EU and BRICS members Russia, Brazil and China.   … Continue reading

The Empire Of The Petrodollar And The Price Of Refusing It

Ahead of the meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers scheduled for April 17 in Qatar in a bid to stabilize plummeting crude prices, let’s have a look at oil’s financial heart, the petrodollar system, and the unfortunate position of those member states who tried to break free of it. OPEC members and key oil … Continue reading

OPEC’s Doha Dilemma: 3MB/D U.S. Lock In?

By Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk Another month, another flight to Hamad international airport for 17th April after initial agreement to hold ‘upstream horses’ in February 2016. While it’s no doubt great fun getting back into the OPEC ‘masters of the oil universe’ routine, second time round, the stakes are rapidly rising in Doha given another supposed ‘freeze’ … Continue reading

OPEC And Russia Oil Production Freeze Is Meaningless Gesture, IEA Says

A deal among some OPEC producers and Russia to freeze production is perhaps “meaningless” as Saudi Arabia is the only country with the ability to increase output, according to a senior International Energy Agency (IEA) executive. Brent crude futures are up more than 50% from a 12-year low near $27 a barrel hit early this … Continue reading

The Militarization Of The Middle East In Numbers

By Jeff Desjardins, Visual Capitalist The global arms trade is huge. While it’s hard to pin down an exact value of arms transfers, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimates that the number was at least $76 billion in 2013, with the caveat that it is likely higher. The volume of transfers have been trending upwards now … Continue reading

Why Saudi Arabia Will Keep Oil Prices Low: 3 Reasons

By Andrew Manners Despite a tentative agreement struck last week to freeze oil production, Saudi Arabia is likely to keep oil prices low for the foreseeable future. Last week Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, Qatar, and Russia reached an historic agreement to cap oil production at mid-January levels. The pact – the first between OPEC and a … Continue reading

Market Liquidation: Sovereign Wealth Funds May Double Equity Sales To $404 Billion In 2016

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) — mostly oil-rich nations such as Norway, Russia, and the Gulf states — have been aggressively selling stocks and other securities amid a plunge in the price of oil, and they are poised to sell significantly more this year if oil doesn’t recover. SWFs could pull $404.3 billion from global stock markets in 2016 should oil prices stay between $30 to $40 per … Continue reading

Wishful Thinking: Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa Thinks $200 Oil On The Horizon

$200 per barrel oil ! WTF? Are you on drugs? Are you crazy? — All common responses to such a statement during this current time of crisis and turmoil. Well, one such person actually believes oil is set to surge to such a level… Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa. The President of Ecuador believes that $200 oil may be on the horizon. Correa … Continue reading

Saudi-Russian Deal Not A Quick Fix For The Oil Crisis

By Ante Batovic The recent deal struck between Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to prop up oil prices by freezing production levels at January levels might have a psychological effect on oil markets, but it will not secure a major breakthrough from the current deadlock. Oil exporters such as Venezuela and Nigeria have been … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia And Russia To Freeze Oil Production At January Levels

“Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to freeze oil output at near-record levels, the first coordinated move by the world’s two largest producers to counter a slump that has pummeled economies, markets and companies,” Bloomberg reports. The deal: is preliminary, doesn’t include Iran, includes Qatar and Venezuela, is to fix production at January levels. Saudi Arabia said … Continue reading

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