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Posts Tagged ‘commodities’

1 May 12 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random, Risk Strategy

Scooby, Scrappy, Velma, and Efficient Market Hypothesis

Last week’s crazy moves across Commodityland™ left me needing a stiff drink brought me back to thinking about financial market theory (apologies…despite the presence of Scooby I am going to geek out a little bit) and how sometimes it gets thrown out the window.

From a 17% sell-off in crude, to a 31% sell-off in silver last week, commodities were put through the wringer. When extremities like this happen, it makes us question the underlying assumptions that we make about markets, and whether these assumptions hold true. » read more

0 Apr 26 2011 @ 8:13am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

File Under: Earlier Than Early

It’s always fun to go on CNBC, especially on a week when there is so much going on. Hark, click on the mugshot below to launch to this morning’s 6.15am Squawk Box appearance – is 10 minutes long, but I don’t get to chew the cud until about halfway through:

1 Apr 20 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Random, risk management, Technology

10 Weird and Wonderful Terms In Energyland™

Not a Thermocouple

On the journey through Energyland™, there are many bamboozling words or phrases that cross our path. Then there are some which are just pretty entertaining. Here’s a few of them:  » read more

3 Apr 15 2011 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Hey there! This is probably the happiest picture I’ve seen out of Japan in so long…it warmed the cockles of my heart: the battle against adversity continues. As for the week that was, we have welcomed in the start of injection season for natural gas with hoots and hollers (well, a bit of a rally at least) as prices find a floor at four (bucks). Meanwhile, back in the crude complex, although the desire of global leaders to oust Colonel Gadhafi (spelling variation #63) may be strong, his will to remain seems stronger. Crude has inevitably recouped a good deal of its losses after a short n’ sharp spate of profit-taking earlier in the week, as uncertainty reigns like April showers. Without further rambling, let’s hit some delights from the buffet of bites:  » read more

0 Mar 30 2011 @ 9:56am by Matt Smith in energy consulting, Global Energy, risk management, Risk Strategy

Chips and Salsa With Precision Castparts Corp Pro

For my latest indulgence of chips and salsa, I was fortuitous enough to grab some time with charismatic Nick Balster from Precision Castparts Corp. Nick travels the world overseeing energy for PCC, who is a worldwide manufacturer of complex metal components and products. Enjoy Nick’s entertaining responses on energy management, global challenges, and neutered pets:   » read more