Feb 23, 2011

Oil Was Rising Even Before The Recent Political Shocks In The Middle East

"Even before the recent political shocks in the Middle East, oil prices had increased above 90 dollars a barrel, driven not only by the fundamentals of a global economic recovery but also by non-fundamental factors:

- a wall of liquidity chasing assets and commodities in emerging markets amid near-zero policy rates and quantitative easing in advanced economies;
- momentum and herding behaviour (as in 2007-08);
- and limited and inelastic supply of new oil capacity"

in The Globe And Mail

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