Feb 10 2015 @ 9:57pm by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management
Despite an unrelenting focus on the recent rout in oil, there have been a number of other significant swoonings across commodityland™ which have also been rather noteworthy. This played out naturally in my head as ‘noily’ (aka, ‘not about oil’…although, as we know, everything is interlinked).
As it turns out, noil is actually a word – meaning a short fiber left over from spinning silk. Trying to find an istockphoto image of said noil, this picture of a gnarly alpaca showed up instead. I then looked up ‘no oil’, and an alpaca image showed up again. Fate it would seem. So here is a post which is not about spinning silk, gnarly alpacas, or oil. » read more
Jul 11 2013 @ 7:51am by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas
The perception of natural gas as a mainstream fuel for vehicles runs the gamut, dependent upon where you live: from the improbable…to the viable…to the everyday reality. So from recent burrito research expeditions, here are ten points to stir up the melding pot of the great natural gas vehicle debate. » read more
Apr 26 2013 @ 10:47am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random
Happy Friday once again! This week that was has seen oil markets do a dramatic U-turn, charging higher on improving market sentiment and not a lot else. As for natural gas, prices have eased lower as temperatures move toward more neutral levels to negate heating demand. After a hectic week, kick back and relax, so grab a plate and hit up the snacks: » read more
Feb 28 2013 @ 10:56am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management, Risk Strategy
As natural gas becomes ever more prevalent as a global fuel, there are increasingly more inventive ways of both consuming and transporting it (see left). While here in the US there is ever greater focus on CNG and LNG-powered vehicles, there is potentially another form of transport that could steal the crown as the King of NGVs…shipping. So after sailing through a sea of research this week, here is the treasure trove of info I have gathered on my travels: » read more
Oct 12 2012 @ 10:56am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random
Howdy, and welcome to another download of uplifting tales, from the energy to the odd! This week has seen the spotlight of the oil market swing away from the Euro debt crisis and onto geopolitical tension, as rising unrest betwixt Syria and Turkey is cranking up supply fears in the region, leaving oil prices to scramble higher.
As for natty, we have seen prices reach a high for the year as both storage surpluses and temperatures dwindle lower, while heating demand is ushered higher. Snacks ahoy: » read more