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A new oil order has emerged over the past few years as oil prices have taken a plunge of about 60%. U.S., world’s one of key importer is about to become a major exporter of hydrocarbons. OPEC cartel, which has historically been a key player politically and price maker, losing its relevance and pricing power. On the energy front, renewables and gas becoming key challenger to oil’s global dominance. Moreover, this lower price is hitting energy exporters harder, creating global economic vulnerabilities. This new oil price and geo-political order demand greater analysis, which is the main focus of this series.

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil in Global Economy Series: Reuters’ survey suggests OPEC compliance at 138 percent in January

Feb 01, 2018 08:21 am UTC| Commentary

Reuters has released its January oil market production survey and it suggests that OPEC production is set for a decline in the tune of 85,000 barrels per day in January compared to the December. Below are the production...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil in Global Economy Series: Key oil market updates

Jan 22, 2018 10:16 am UTC| Commentary

While the oil market continues to focus on supply/demand fundamentals, these are some key updates that you need to keep a tab on, U.S. oil rig count: The United States is continuing to see a surge in production....

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil in Global Economy Series: Russia to increase output in 2018 if agreement with OPEC not reached

Oct 26, 2017 09:25 am UTC| Commentary

Russia is holding non-complaints to the OPEC/N-OPEC agreement and dissenters at gunpoint. Russian energy minister Alexander Novak said that Russia will increase output in 2018 if an agreement is not reached to extend...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil in Global Economy Series: Oil prices rise as Saudi oil ministers vows to end supply glut

Oct 25, 2017 07:32 am UTC| Commentary

Speaking during an investment conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabias oil minister Khalid Al-Falih said that Saudi Arabia is determined and committed to reducing global inventories that have dogged oil prices since 2014. He...

Oil in Global Economy Series

How oil exploration is adding to Mali's security woes

Oct 23, 2017 01:45 am UTC| Insights & Views

Mali is one of the least developed countries in the world, with nearly half the population living near the poverty line. In the past six years, the country has experienced civil war, jihadist terrorism and a coup dett....

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil in Global Economy Series: Oil price in for biggest 3rd quarter gain in 13 years after worst H1 in 20 years

Sep 21, 2017 12:33 pm UTC| Commentary

North American benchmark oil index, WTI has moved above $50 per barrel this week, for the first time since early August. Though it is struggling to find buyers above $50 area, we expect the current bullish momentum to...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Oil in Global Economy Series: U.S. operating oil rigs continue to decline

Sep 18, 2017 12:52 pm UTC| Commentary

Last weeks report from Baker Hughes shows that the number of operating rigs declined for the 7th time in 34 weeks. The increasing numbers of operating rigs, as well as increasing production, have been raising concerns that...

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Economy

Australia's naval upgrade may not be enough to keep pace in a fast-changing region

Last year, Professor Roger Bradbury and I questioned whether or not there was an unacceptable risk of the world sleepwalking into war. We cited as reasons to be concerned a lack of strong and principled leadership, the...

U.S. Treasuries suffer on hawkish Fed September policy meeting minutes; FOMC members’ speeches in focus

The U.S. Treasuries lost ground during late afternoon session Thursday after the Federal Reserves September monetary policy meeting minutes remained hawkish ahead of the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index for the month...

UK gilts fall despite lower-than-expected September retail sales data; BoE Governor Carney’s speech in focus

The United Kingdoms gilts fell during Thursdays afternoon session despite a lower-than-expected reading of the countrys retail sales data for the month of September. Market participants will now be looking forward to Bank...

Australia’s September unemployment rate drops to 6-year low, well below RBA’s year-end forecast

Australias strong labour market report for September saw the unemployment rate drop to a six-year low of 5.0 percent, well below the RBAs forecast of 5-1/2 percent for year end. With leading indicators for the labour...

New Zealand bonds fall at close in muted trading session ahead of China’s Q3 GDP data

The New Zealand bonds closed lower Thursday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance as investors remain keen to watch Chinas gross domestic product for the third quarter of this...

Politics

Bringing in backpackers is not the right way to get more workers onto farms

Suddenly, getting workers onto farms is a top political priority. Over the weekend, and again in parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced plans to get more backpackers working on farms. We dont...

How the polls could have caught 'surprise' victories like Trump's

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency surprised almost everyone, including apparently Trump himself. On the morning after the 2016 election, my teenage son made snarky comments about the state of polling...

US midterm elections: the dirty tricks used by parties to skew results in their favour

As the US midterm elections approach, its important to understand how the US has undergone a profound intensification in racially polarised partisanship. Race and attitudes about race closely align with party identities...

View from The Hill: How the government's plan to oppose Hanson's motion became a vote to support it

For Mathias Cormann, 2018 has been the annus horribilis. After emerging badly bruised from the leadership crisis, on Tuesday he took responsibility for the disastrous snafu over Pauline Hansons It is OK to be white...

Pik Botha and Namibia: ambiguities and contradictions

Roelof Pik Botha, South Africas foreign minister under apartheid, who has died at the age of 86, was a man of contradictions. He could, for example, be charming. But, though a long-serving diplomat, he was often very...

Science

How scientists are fighting infection-causing biofilms

The surfaces people interact with every day may seem rather mundane, but at the molecular scale, there is more activity than meets the eye. Every surface we touch has its own unique chemical properties. Its because of...

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science 2018 goes to 'Earth-watcher' Kurt Lambeck

Professor Kurt Lambeck has won the 2018 Prime Ministers Prize for Science. The award recognises Lambecks 50-year contribution to Australian and global science through his research watching planet Earth its a specialist...

Fighting frog fungus: Lee Berger wins PM's Life Scientist 2018 award

Lee Berger is the 2018 recipient of the Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, one of the Prime Ministers Prizes for Science announced on October 17. Lees research identified the cause of mysterious and...

Boyer Lectures: gene therapy is still in its infancy but the future looks promising

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the ABCs Boyer Lectures. Delivered by Professor John Rasko, the 2018 Life Engineered lectures explore ethical and other issues around gene therapy and related technologies, and their...

How we can turn the tide for women in science

For the first time in 55 years, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics Prof. Donna Strickland. This win has publicly highlighted that women are still under-represented in science, particularly in physics. As a...

Technology

Grocers: Get ready to join the blockchain party

In the wake of this years large E. coli outbreak, Walmart notified its leafy green suppliers that they must be using blockchain technology to trace their products before the end of 2019. Walmart, one of the worlds...

‘Fornite’ News, Update: Elon Musk Trolls Players, Act 2 of Season 6 Coming Up

Fortnite has practically become inescapable these days, with everything from Hollywood stars to athletes getting in on the action. Even politicians know what it is and this speaks to the ubiquity of the Battle Royale title...

‘Red Dead Redemption 2’ Release Date, Latest News: At Least 99GB Needed to Install the Game; Rockstar Under Fire For Alleged Poor Working Conditions

Its finally confirmed. Red Dead Redemption 2 is going to require at least 99 GB of storage space for the PlayStation 4 and 107 GB for the Xbox One. That is if players buy a physical copy of the game. For PlayStation 4...

‘Days Gone’ News, Update: Delayed Again; Running In Fear Of ‘Crackdown’ and ‘Anthem’?

Days Gone has been delayed so many times since its 2016 reveal that zombie video game fans have started losing hope that it is ever going to be released. Until recently, PlayStation 4 owners were hoping that the Feb. 22,...

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ News, Update: Activision Uses Microtransaction For Good, Raises Money For Unemployed Veterans

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 comes with microtransactions, like many of the video games that Activision produces. However, the company is attempting to slightly diminish the negative reputation of in-game economies by...
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