Energy Security

May, 2019

  • 8 May

    IEA: Renewables Growth is Stalling

    The oil and gas industry has enjoyed a golden era under the Trump administration, but it may only be temporary. 

March, 2019

  • 28 March

    World’s Largest Oil Company and Petrochemical Company Merge 

    Finding enough appetite in the market for a Saudi bond sale is still an issue. Geopolitical risks and concerns about the internal stability of the Saudi royal family could decrease the appetite of major financial institutions. The Kingdom might be listed on several emerging markets indexes (FTSE/MSCI), but investment appetite is being constrained by the impact of the Khashoggi murder, increased volatility in oil markets and pressure on the position of the Crown Prince. 

January, 2019

  • 29 January

    Oversold Lithium Could be About to Rally

    So far, there is no clear data or evidence that that the lithium demand narrative is about to slowdown, let alone reverse. On the contrary, certain emerging trends in the industry suggest just the opposite.

  • 23 January

    Huge Backlog Could Trigger New Wave of Shale Oil 

    The ballooning number of uncompleted wells has repeatedly fueled speculation that a sudden rush of new supply might come if companies shift those wells into production. The latest crash in oil prices once again raises this prospect. 

  • 4 January

    Oil Is At the Mercy of Financial Markets

    Oil traders are still awaiting more definitive clues about the supply/demand balance, but volatility is likely to stick around for a while. In the short run, oil prices will likely follow global stock markets up or down on any given day until the fundamentals reveal a more discernable pattern. 

December, 2018

  • 18 December

    Iran Oil Exports: 8 Waivers and The OPEC Meeting

    Iran’s oil exports are likely to remain limited in 2019, with a significant negative impact on Iran’s economy.

  • 8 December

    The Saudi Dilemma: To Cut Or Not To Cut

    Saudi Arabia has its problems but it could withstand lower oil prices without feeling too much of a pinch.

November, 2018

  • 20 November

    Can We Expect A Major Rebound In Oil Prices?

    A price increase from current levels hinges on action from OPEC+. Saudi Arabia has already signaled that it intends to lower exports by 500,000 bpd in December, and that further action might be forthcoming from OPEC+.

October, 2018

  • 23 October

    U.S. Shale Has A Glaring Problem

    If the US shale oil industry is still not profitable – after a decade of drilling, after major efficiency improvements since 2014, and after a sharp rebound in oil prices – when will it ever be profitable?

September, 2018

  • 11 September

    The Downside For Oil Is Limited

    Oil prices posted steep losses just as the bulls were back on the march. WTI briefly topped $70 per barrel in recent days and Brent was flirting with $80. But the rally was kneecapped by a variety of factors, and it could be challenging to break above those key pricing thresholds in the near future.