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Posts Tagged ‘pain at the pump’

0 Sep 20 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, energy consulting, Global Energy, risk management

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell is a total dude. He is the author of the fine book ‘Blink’ (about how choices aren’t as simple as they seem) and the splendid ‘Outliers’ (about the quirks which have made certain people successful). He also reminds me of Krusty the Clown. He too is the author of ‘The Tipping Point’, which is about how patterns and factors are at play in virtually every influential trend. Financial markets (and in Energyland™, of course) are awash with tipping points at the moment; here are but a few.

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0 Mar 10 2011 @ 7:43am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

Are we K.O.’d or O.K.?

Ok, I’m not messing about this week; the gloves are off. I am cutting straight to the chase the wheat from the chaff and straight to the quick. There are two key issues in the US economy which are delicately poised to potentially either save or sink us. And these are unemployment and gasoline prices. (Well, there is a third, but a double dip in housing is a done deal). So below I have given some background on these two issues, hopefully illustrating their potential threat to a sustained economic recovery. So first up, employment:  » read more