What happens when politicians see that their monster stimuli have not delivered? They bring the next rabbit out of a hat. They need a new name and a new magic solution to make citizens believe in the magic of demand-side policies despite the constant failure of those same plans. Continue reading The New Green Deal Is Just Old White Elephants
Key Points Discussed (original link and summary by Richard Snow)
- The Texas oil revolution
- Diminishing effectiveness of monetary policy
- Commodity prices and the Trade War ‘facade’
- Perverse incentives and the inverted credit cycle
- The Chinese debt load
- Forecasts and trading strategies for 2019
Qatar withdrawal from #OPEC is a monumental event that signals the likely end of the cartel. Watch my interview at @WIONews India. Continue reading OPEC’s Dilemma. Qatar withdrawal from OPEC is a monumental event.
Oil prices surged into the third quarter due to a combination of factors:
- Artificial supply manipulation, as OPEC maintained production cuts despite healthy demand and better inventories. We discussed it here.
- Strong leveraged buying based on reflation expectations. As the graph below shows, net length in crude oil rose significantly, only to fall abruptly as rates rise.
- Excessively optimistic demand growth estimates. In the past three months, we have seen demand estimates slashed by brokers who, at the same time, kept bullish estimates of oil prices into 2019.