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Posts Tagged ‘Iran’

0 Dec 6 2012 @ 7:41am by Matt Smith in Blog, Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management

The Nightmare Before Christmas…And Other Energy-related Holiday Movies

For the past three burrito years I’ve tried to do a Christmas-themed post, be it energy-related Christmas gifts, linking the holiday season and energy, or inventing the ultimate commodity Christmas gift. So this year it’s time to compare the current landscape of Energyland™ to some of the best holiday movies. Enjoy! » read more

0 Aug 22 2012 @ 3:53pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, risk management

Music Scenes And Sanctions

The reason I am writing about two seemingly unrelated topics is because both starkly highlight the current shortcomings and challenges faced in the country that is Iran.

I randomly picked up a book called  Heavy Metal Islam a few months ago by Mark LeVine, which (as the subtitle succinctly explained) is about rock, resistance, and the struggle for the soul of Islam. With my EnergyRadar™ always switched on, I was immediately drawn to the chapter about Iran (fortuitously, you can read it here). » read more

0 May 25 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

The sun is shining, and the prospect of a long weekend is upon us. Happy Friday indeed! Unfortunately, there have been storm clouds hovering over Energyland™ all week due to ongoing Eurozone woes, as the clear and present danger of Greece exiting the euro becomes, err, more clear and more present (as the saying goes, change will come when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change).

As for natural gas, prices have been exceedingly choppy but range-bound, as an early-week rally has been replaced by selling due to neutral temperatures on the outlooks and the prospect of coal-to-gas switching now becoming gas-to-coal switching after the recent run up. So my blurb is finito, now have some bites of burrito…

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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 Apr 20 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, UK natural gas

Burrito bites

Phew! Made it to another Friday! Natural gas is stuck in Groundhog week, as it again makes a new decade-low on the same themes of last week (…and the week before, and the week before…) with strong supply and downbeat demand. Crude oil has drifted lower for most of the week, but is bouncing with some bargain-hunting after testing two-month lows. Oh happy, oh joy, the snacks are ahoy: » read more