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Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia on his visit to the Pentagon

Who will speak for the Kingdom?

Who will speak for the Kingdom? Bloomberg’ 21st April piece on His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) makes for an interesting read. It is the latest in a series of profiles that paint a portrait of the prince with unfettered access. Access that

5 Signals from Doha.

5 Signals from Doha. Did we get any trading signals from the meeting of oil producers in Doha this Sunday? 1. Who is behind the driving wheels in Saudi Arabia? It is official if you had any lingering doubts. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is now

Using Copulas to model spread between WTI and Brent.

Using Copulas to Model spread between crude oil blends. Brent is the European crude oil blend. WTI is the North American pricing benchmark for crude oil. While Brent is used to price bulk of the crude oil cargoes purchased and sold across the world, WTI

Iran oil economy. Has spring really come to Tehran?

Iran oil economy. Nowroz comes to Tehran. Nowroz, the Persian New Year arrives 21st March.  As Tehran shrugs off a mild winter there is optimism about coming months. Iran’s journey on the road of isolation ended in December 2015. The flurry of activity it triggered is

Saudi oil strategy. How low can they go?

Saudi oil strategy. How low can they go? The opinion on Saudi oil strategy is divided. Planned mayhem and chaos in exchange for market share versus an over played hand. While we may all have some beef with Saudi Arabia, smart money when it comes to

Russian roulette. Oil prices and Russia

Russian roulette. Oil prices and Russia. All is apparently not well in Moscow. After two years of isolation, internal belt tightening and months of unabated oil price declines, the Russian economy is struggling to answer a core question.  How do you bridge the gap between

Oil prices and China

China Crisis. Oil prices and China dragon roll.

Oil prices and China. The key question that we need to answer is not if the Chinese economy is slowing down. It is how  China is going to drive crude oil demand for the next two years. If and when the Chinese dragon roll, which direction

The knives are out in the Oil market.

The knives are out in the oil market. It has been an interesting twelve months.  Between bottoms, volatility, rumors and market shifts we have seen many interesting plays at work when it comes to trading crude oil.  Depending on who you speak with, low crude

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