Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

6 Apr 1 2015 @ 9:52pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

In Excess

Whilst watching a commercial for the new bacon crust pizza, I suddenly found myself equally torn between being really hungry, and considering the thin gray line of overindulgence. So while I wait for the pizza delivery guy to arrive, I present to you henceforth six slices of excess in energyland™. » read more

4 Jan 30 2015 @ 11:43am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, risk management

Chuck Bucks!

The price drop we have seen at the pump in recent months has been nothing short of spectacular. It has provided the equivalent of a huge tax cut to the US consumer, considerably boosting disposable income (chuck bucks!*). But as my fellow countryman Geoffrey Chaucer said some 640 years ago, all good things must come to an end. So as retail gasoline prices begin their seasonal ascent, let us assess the impact of their precipitous plunge, and what it means looking ahead:  » read more

3 Jan 20 2015 @ 11:16pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

What I Think About When I Think About Crude

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami was so consumed by running he combined two of his loves to write a book called ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running‘. Although an odd concept, it’s actually quite a compelling read.  Not only did I think this title was really great (although paraphrased from Raymond Carver), but it also reminded me of my own rather obsessive compulsions. So here are some of the things that I currently think about when I think about crude oil. » read more

0 Dec 15 2014 @ 7:11am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

File Under: Winging It

Aside from winging it with a quick bit of airline analysis at the end, Thursday’s appearance on Fox Business was a one-and-done affair in terms of questions, as a fast-paced segment covered a lot of ground in a short period. Hark, click on the mugshot below to launch to the clip:

6 Nov 11 2014 @ 12:50pm by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy

Energy Trends in Africa

While I have written posts on Nigeria and regularly referenced Libya in the last half decade on the burrito, I know very little about most of Africa when it comes to energy. So it was interesting to sift through this comprehensive report from the IEA to get a better understanding of some of the broader energy trends underway. Henceforth are my ten top takeaways: » read more