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Posts Tagged ‘GDP’

2 Jun 6 2013 @ 10:52am by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

LNG Exports and All That Gubbins (Part 2)

So last week’s summary of the current status of LNG exports was ignited by my interest in this LNG study by ICF International, which was commissioned by the API. The report in itself is rather extensive (in a 156 pages kind-of-way), but for those folk less nerdy than myself (count your blessings), I have identified some of the key themes. So here are my top takeaways: » read more

0 Apr 18 2013 @ 4:08pm by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Crude Oil, Economy, energy consulting, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Alphabetti Spaghetti

There has been an acronymtastic set of reports this week from the IEA, IMF, and EIA. So from these nine letters come six charts out of three reports. Alphabetti spaghetti indeed.  » read more

4 Aug 30 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management, Risk Strategy

From JPT To China To Copper To Choppers

As many of you know, the name Summit Energy will officially be no more in the coming months as we move under the banner of Schneider Electric. One of the more immediate opportunities this relationship has presented us with is the chance to participate in the company-wide employee broadcasts.

So it was with interest that I listened to our CEO, JPT (Jean-Pascal Tricoire), explain this week how the Asia Pacific segment of the business has shown slightly negative growth in the first half of the year, as strength in India and South Korea has been more than usurped by headwinds from Japan (whose economy seems to be permanently stagnating) and also…….China. » read more

0 Jul 20 2012 @ 10:49am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Hey! And hurray for another Friday. Since the last one, we are seeing natgas in a game of whack-a-mole, as it gets smacked every time it pops its head above the $3 mark. Despite permanently warmer-than-norm conditions and a bullish storage report, the fear of slowing coal-to-gas switching and stonkingly staunch supply are keeping prices in check. Meanwhile, oil prices have rallied on hopes and fears: hopes of further stimulus, and fears of supply disruptions due to escalating tension in the Middle East. From scares and frights to snacks and bites: » read more

1 May 3 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Economy, Risk Strategy

Everything’s Going A Bit Van Halen

You know those people that look at clouds and see shapes (no? oh, ok…), well recently every time I see charts of the latest economic data, I see the Van Halen logo. And it’s not even like I’m a Van Halen fan (I’m way too young, obviously). So to prove I am not one sandwich short of a picnic, here is the evidence – through exhibits 1 to 4 – to affirm my sanity. » read more