Archive for the ‘Economy’ Category

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

0 Nov 2 2014 @ 9:49pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

I Forget Where We Were

One of my favorite songs of this year is ‘I Forget Where We Were‘ by Ben Howard (complete with quirky guitar playing – hark, left). The song’s title has been resonating with me recently as I get a wee bit reflective as we approach the twilight of an eventful year. So much has happened across currency markets, it is easy to forget where we were. So here is a simple summation of some of the more wild and wacky rides for certain currencies, and how – naturally – all paths lead back to energy.    » read more

1 Oct 3 2014 @ 12:40pm by Matt Smith in Blog, Crude Oil, Economy, energy consulting, Global Energy, Natural Gas

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same…

The above phrase is from the translation of  ’plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose‘ by the French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr. Regardless, not only is it great, but also highly applicable to a veritable selection of shenanigans going on across energyland™.  » read more

0 Oct 2 2014 @ 9:43am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

File Under: Rantastic!

This morning’s appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box came after a huge overnight move in crude to the lows of the year, giving lots to discuss. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to part of today’s interview. To hear more of my ranting, you can also listen to an interview here that I did for the ETF store this week. It’s over 20 minutes long, and covers a lot of ground, from the economy to emissions to oil to natural gas to renewables. Rantastic!

5 Sep 26 2014 @ 10:00am by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy, risk management

Cartographic Capers

This visual voyage through some cartographic capers plots a course across US energy consumption, global emissions, and the second largest continent on earth. So grab your coat, and let’s start charting… » read more