Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

0 Sep 5 2014 @ 12:07am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

If Katy Perry and I Were To Do a Duet…

………I would have no squabble in doing one of her hits,  but we would have to work in some commodity themes into the lyrics. So here are some ideas I am working on pitching her.

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3 Aug 29 2014 @ 6:43am by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

China is in a Pickle

I was going to call this post ’10 points about China’s pursuit of natural gas’, but this title seemed much more appropriate. It is a pickle China is well aware of – and trying to fix – but a pickle nonetheless, as it tries to wean itself off coal and ramp up its natural gas consumption. So here are some of the trials and tribulations faced by the world’s largest energy consumer around natural gas: » read more

2 Aug 25 2014 @ 6:54am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy

Hitting the Gas….and the Brakes

There is an interesting set of twists and turns at play between US unemployment data, vehicle sales, and gasoline demand. If you were to look at the first two, you would say the economy had the pedal to the metal, hitting the gas. However, the third (gasoline demand) would lead you to believe the economy was hitting the brakes. Here are a bunch of charts to illustrate these differing directions: » read more

0 Apr 29 2014 @ 10:26pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Miley, Bieber, and Changing Global Oil Dynamics

Let’s go a little controversial here. The US oil boom is such a headline-grabbing topic at the moment that I cannot help but draw comparisons betwixt it and its pop culture equivalent, Miley Cyrus. And while on that tangent, the oil cartel OPEC reminds me of…Justin Bieber: just as US oil production is surging in stature, OPEC’s dominance appears to be waning. » read more

0 Mar 28 2014 @ 10:52am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Darn you, Groundhog…

Even though flipping a coin has better forecasting skills than the dastardly groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil has unfortunately been on the money for this winter.  Despite April on deck next week there is still snow on the ground (in more places than there should be), while our dearly beloved energy commodities have seen rampant demand, receding inventories, and rocketing prices. Henceforth are seven such examples:

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