October 21, 2017

Global Automotive Sales Within Reach of 90m Units in 2016

Incremental volume growth in the US and Europe is forecast to be solid but less spectacular, while on the other side of the balance sheet, further downside from Russia, South America and some big ASEAN car markets will be less of a drag on global volumes as their impact lessens, having already suffered severe market contractions. Read More »

Saudi-Iran Dispute Won’t Cause Lasting Oil Price Rally

In other words, global economic weakness and the glut in oil supplies will continue to weigh on crude. At this point, only tension in the Middle East is providing a bit of a lift to oil markets, but even that won't be enough to push up prices in any lasting way. Read More »

$10 Trillion Investment Needed to Avoid Oil Price Spike: OPEC

OPEC does not see oil prices returning to triple-digit territory within the next 25 years. The group expects oil prices to rise by an average of about $5 per year over the course of this decade, only reaching $80 per barrel in 2020. From there, it sees oil prices rising slowly, hitting $95 per barrel in 2040. Read More »

Is Pakistan’s Economy Out of the Woods?

The economic picture in Pakistan is not as bright as the government claims, but nor is it as dark as the critics suggest. Economic performance was mixed in 2015 and will in all likelihood remain mixed in 2016. The Pakistan economy is not in crisis, but it is not yet out of the woods. Read More »

How Far Can the Syrian Conflict Spiral Out of Control: Interview With Pelicourt

Is the dangerously unspoken theory that ISIS is a bulwark against Iran what's keeping the West from tackling the Islamic State wholeheartedly on its territory? With no nation that can control it, the threat is now out of control and a war of ambiguous targets is emerging. Read More »

Strippers Suffering From Low Oil Prices

As oil producers confront below $50 a barrel prices for a prolonged period, some will finally start to significantly curtail or even shut down operations. And that is going to severely hurt an all but invisible group; strippers in the United States. Read More »

ISIS, Turkey and Oil – The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt

Turkey's game of playing all sides in the balance of power game is difficult to sustain. The downing by Turkey of a Russian jet conducting air strikes over northern Syria is just the first move in the new phase of this game, and analysts should probably start looking at ISIS oil sales to Turkey in their examinations of why Turkey downed a Russian jet at a time when the Russians were specifically targeting ISIS-controlled oil facilities and tankers. Read More »

Time to Transform the Eastern Mediterranean

The massive resources available in the Eastern Mediterranean offer the prospect of employment and stability. The pursuit of common interests could unlock enormous untapped potential in the region. Read More »

Why Europe Will Let Member States Opt out of GM Crops

Why are half of European Union members opting out of GMO crops? Hint: it's not about food and environmental safety. Read More »

Oil Jobs Lost: Texas Likely to See Massive Layoffs Soon

Oil and gas companies have laid off more than 250,000 workers around the world, a tally that will rise if oil prices remain in the dumps. Read More »