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Posts Tagged ‘japan’

0 Jan 24 2013 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Economy, Global Energy, Random, risk management, Risk Strategy

Everything But Energy

Sometimes it is useful to take a look at the bigger picture, or a completely different picture, when trying to assess the vibe (man) of a certain market (i.e., energy), especially given some of the negative vibes swirling in the markets at the moment. As regular burrito readers know, the foundation of this blog is built on the belief that financial markets influence and are influenced by each other. Therefore, by taking a look at current trends in equities, commodities, bonds, economic data, and currencies – basically everything but energy – it can help us get a more rounded view on the subject that is most dear to us. » read more

2 Apr 28 2011 @ 9:53am by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Natural Gas, UK natural gas

LNG: It’s a gas! (…and 9 other facts)

Charles Dickens* is more closely linked to Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) than you think. He is attributed with the origins of the phrase ‘it’s a gas’ (= fact no.1), as it is derived from his quote ‘everything is gas and goiters’. (A goiter is the swelling of the thyroid gland. Let’s move on, swiftly…). Here are nine other facts about LNG you can drop into conversation at a cocktail party: » 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

4 Mar 24 2011 @ 9:27am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, risk management

10 Reasons Why Crude Should Be Falling This Week…But Isn’t

Grrrrr*. The contrarian in me has been somewhat bated, as although I believe crude prices should be moving higher based on all the uncertainty in the Middle East and Japan, we have seen a number of bearish indicators in markets generally this week which – if released at any other time – would usher the crude market lower. So in order for us not to get too wrapped up in pointing in one direction (…to infinity and beyond), here’s ten reasons why crude should be falling this week…but isn’t: » read more

0 Mar 18 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

I normally really enjoy finding a good picture or two to put in the bites each week – the world is full of so much odd stuff. But this week it has been quite the opposite – rather depressing – as so many of the notable pictures have been of the devastation in Japan. It is impossible to quite comprehend the death and destruction that has been caused, while at the same time it feels almost cold-hearted to look beyond this to how markets are being affected. » read more