Tag: Stocks

  • Global Oil Markets – Current Developments and Future Prospects

    By: Bassam Fattouh

    In this presentation, given at the Bank of England, Bassam Fattouh looks at current developments in the oil market and explores some short and medium term prospects and concludes with the following observations: • It is important to be clear about causality; it is supply and demand imbalances that cause stocks to rise and for […]

  • Commodity Price Insurance: A Keynesian Idea Revisited

    By: J. Bower , Nawal Kamel

    Keynes proposed that a ‘Commod Control’ agency be created after the Second World War to stabilise spot prices of key internationally traded commodities by systematically buying and selling physical buffer stocks. In this paper, the creation of a new Global Commodity Insurer (GCr) is discussed that would operate an international Commodity Price Insurance (CPQ scheme […]

  • The Oil Price Crisis of 1998

    By: Robert Mabro

    Oil prices have fallen since the end of November 1997 well below a level of $18 per barrel for dated Brent which petroleum-exporting countries and oil companies have been recently inclined to consider as a kind of acceptable norm. The fall in price has elicited rather speedily a producers’ response which involved both OPEC and […]

  • The Role and Behaviour of Oil Inventories

    By: C. Caffarra

    The purposes of this paper ape to explain the economics of inventory behaviour, to describe and analyse the changes in oil inventories since the beginning of the Gulf crisis, and to discuss issues of public policies relating to stocks, In Section 2 we emphasize the different economic function petformed by inventones in times of crisis, […]

  • Oil Price Differentials: Markets in Disarray

    By: Paul Horsnell

    The conventional wisdom about the current behaviour of oil prices is essentially very simple. It is comprised of two assertions and then an inference. It runs as foIlows. First, there is no physical shortage in oil markets. Secondly, there is no stockbuilding (or “hoarding”) at least not by the important oil companies. The price rises […]

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