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End of an Era: The Rise and Fall of the Petrodollar System

Similar to the paradigm shift – the transition to the petrodollar system that followed with the collapse of the Bretton Woods system, there is another major shift underway today. We will know its consequences in full, the day oil-producing countries demand gold for their oil, instead of dollars. The Gulf states are seeking measures to reduce their dependence & exposure to the US dollar.

Why Any Major Crash in Oil Prices Remains Unlikely

At oil prices below $40 a barrel, virtually no new drilling occurs. As a result, oil prices today may be artificially boosted by market speculation, but as long as they don’t go high enough to lead to significant new drilling, fundamentals will eventually catch up and production will fall dramatically. That in turn will support current oil prices and perhaps even higher prices in the future.

The End Of OPEC - The Benefit of the Crude Oil Cartel is Gone

OPEC seems at a loss about how to cope with competition & is struggling to influence other big producers outside the organization like Russia & Brazil. Unable to come up with a strategy to handle these new developments, the cartel has decided not to intervene, hoping that low prices will eventually curb production in the US.

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