Archive for the ‘risk management’ Category

0 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

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

0 Jun 26 2014 @ 11:08pm by Matt Smith in Global Energy, risk management

Talkin’ ‘Bout Mo’ Generation

Just as I tweet my favorite articles so that I have a filing place for them (Twitter is awesome for so many reasons, don’t get me started…), I use my desktop to store all my favorite graphics. And it is way too cluttered. So in my quest to make it more minimal and zen, here is an assembly of images which I need to set free, all with a similar theme: that of power. Enjoy! » read more

0 Mar 12 2014 @ 4:27pm by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Random, risk management

And Now For Something Completely Different…

Mooching through Commodityland™ I have once again been led down the garden path by energy-linked commodities, but just not in the typical sense. So read on to learn about sugar highs and caffeine buzzes, and other markets going oatso crazy. » read more

0 Apr 25 2013 @ 3:13pm by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, risk management

Dot-to-Dot-to…Not?

My favorite moment of the working day is doing a dot-to-dot. And it happens every morning, after booting up my computer; I look across the various asset classes, and start connecting the dots.

After the first few screens, it becomes progressively easier to predict what is coming next: dollar down = risk on, equities up = bond prices down, risk off = metals down. But joining the dots has gone askew recently. So from the starting point of mortgage rates to a crude conclusion, here’s how joining the dots isn’t as simple as going from A to B. » read more