The Oil War Just Getting Started

Let the battle begin. OPEC is trying to cut production and drive prices up while U.S. Shale Oil producers are seeing the increase in oil prices as an opportunity to get back in the game. More oil rigs are coming on line in the U.S. accompanied by … [Read more...]

Are Low Crude Oil Prices a “Boom Or A Curse” For The World Economy?

As the chart to the left shows, in the period from 2002 until 2014 the U.S. moved from 3rd place to 1st place in world crude oil production. This is primarily due to the improvement in "fracking" technology which has led to the massive increase in … [Read more...]

Trends: Credit in the E.U. and the U.S.

Credit in the EU is contracting, with credit growth peaking at 11.5% in 2008, halving by 2010, falling to zero in 2011, rising back to 4% in 2012 and then falling below zero in 2013. This is the rate of growth so we can see that at zero new loans … [Read more...]