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Posts Tagged ‘cftc’

2 Aug 23 2013 @ 10:23am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Natural Gas, Random

The Long and Short Of It

Just as I was about to write about the long side of markets, I read about the latest twists and turns in a fascinating story on the short side of things: a potential global helium shortage. And yes, I fought long and hard against the urge to use a pun in the title…‘helium market deflates’… ‘helium worries balloon’…’helium market blowing up’ ….etc, etc, etc. » read more

0 May 24 2012 @ 10:39am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Commodity Capers Through The Caped Crusader

General financial markets, and (from a burrito state of mind) specifically Commodityland™, have been looking rather dark and scary this week, leading me to think of Gotham City.

The gothic nature of markets has left me to consider, contrast, and compare the inhabitants of the home of the Caped Crusader with all things commodity-like. » read more

0 Jan 19 2012 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Global Energy, Risk Strategy

The Analogy Strikes Back

Given the popularity of last week’s post linking natural gas to Star Wars, I figured I would try to be a one-trick pony squeeze as much mileage out of this one as I could. Since some readers were flabbergasted at the omission of certain characters, here are some new analogies, with the emphasis on the crude complex. » read more

1 Apr 6 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management

Reasons For A Rally, Factors For A Fall

As Naturalgasworld™ enters the shoulder month season (=April / May), I’m going to play devil’s advocate at this time of transition. As we shuffle away from heating demand and towards the call for cooling, here are a number of considerations which are providing reasons for a rally…or factors for a fall: » read more

0 Jan 13 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy

The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

Flipping through a book on graffiti in the past week, I came across this phrase and image. It set me off on the tangent that the best things (= most bullish influences) in current markets at the moment are not ‘things’ (i.e. underlying fundamentals), but the unquantifiable: perception and sentiment. » read more