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Selling the crown jewels… till when?

Italy and Greece had paved the way in 2011 when the sovereign crisis hit hard. The governments conjured up the idea to sell national treasures such as islands or historical buildings. The idea was to raise the financial value of historical or natural assets as a collateral to debt. A short-sighted policy that was more […]

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Any given Sunday?

This week-end news flow was intense in the energy business as many decisions were expected to be made all over the world regarding fossil fuel producers. But the outcome of last Sunday turns out to be rather unsurprising or, as the French saying goes, the mountain labored and brought forth a mouse. Let’s get back […]

By |April 18th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

What do you know that we don’t, OPEC?

As you probably noticed all, the barrel price rebounded since mid-February, leading to a WTI crude rallying from USD 26.21/b (on Feb. 11th) to USD 41.50/b (on April 14th) and a Brent crude bouncing back from USD 30.06/b to USD 43.84/b. But in its Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) of April (see here), the OPEC […]

By |April 15th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

Peabody Energy, the boat that rocked…

Restructuring… this was yesterday’s concept, this is today’s necessity, but that’s not enough. On Wednesday, St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corporation filed for bankruptcy in the United States and was placed under Chapter 11’s protection. Founded in 1883 in Chicago by Francis Peabody, who was carrying coal on horse cart, the company became step by step […]

By |April 14th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |

Did you say crisis was looming in oil producing countries?

The oil shock is not only an energy issue… We already discussed in these columns the impact the collapse of energy prices could have on the banking system in the United States (See here for And what about banks?). We were precisely pointing out that the direct exposure of banks in America was rather limited […]

By |April 7th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

Be part of the miracle… right Mike?

Yesterday in New York, Mike Liebreich, the founder and chairman of the advisory board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), delivered a keynote speech at his company’s annual summit. And in his speech, he discussed the “Energy miracle” that Bill Gates said the world needed to save our planet from a tragic fate. On his […]

By |April 6th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

Mexico… Mexiiiiiiiiiiiiico…

Last week, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s took actions and decided to respectively downgrade the outlooks on China and Mexico. Regarding the Middle Empire, S&P turns out to be the second credit rating agency to make such a move in less than a month. We already discussed here that CRA’s moves on the Chinese giant […]

By |April 4th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , |

China and the dream of worldwide interconnectedness…

Chinese growth has been the main focus for the energy and finance industry all along 2015. In the end, the combination of a decreasing energy demand in the Middle Empire with the long discussed Saudi foreign policy (leveraging on oil output) led us to the present low-oil price environment. Nevertheless, considering China as world top […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

The United States and the renewable energy jobs dilemma…

“We love green” is not only a music festival in Paris, it could also be the claim of E2, an American nonpartisan group of business owners that aims at protecting the environment while building economic prosperity. And like us, they promote the idea that green growth can exist in mature economies and that would happen […]

By |March 31st, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , |

Obama, Netanyahu and the Supremes

What if Supreme Courts were the actual key players in the energy business? That was not really expected but, over the last two months, two major decisions coming from the highest courts in countries under our coverage might have reshuffled the cards of energy policy, whether in the short or long term. In early February, […]

By |March 30th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , |