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    Forward freight agreements securing against price movements

    Goods which have to be transported from A to B can be arranged through physical transactions between two parties. For instance, a hypothetical power plant in Dubai, let’s call it Dubai Power, needs to get …

    Read full article » Middle East: Sunday, January 16 - 2011 @ 16:21
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    Insurers look to cat bonds

    According to Swiss Re, natural catastrophes cost the insurance industry around $31bn, while man-made disasters caused claims of $5bn.

    In the first 11 months of this year, eight events caused insured losses of more than …

    Read full article » Middle East: Thursday, December 09 - 2010 @ 10:39
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    Rare earth metal production reliant on monopoly

    These scarce metals are being used in the following sectors:
    - Energy (wind power generators, La-Ni-H batteries, magnetic refrigeration).
    - Transport (catalytic converter, hybrid cars, electric bicycles),
    - High-tech manufacturing (magnets, LCD panel displays, iPods, …

    Read full article » Middle East: Sunday, November 14 - 2010 @ 12:14
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    The race for biofuels and energy diversification

    Fossil fuels, or conventional fuels, have a big shortfall – resources are limited. These conventional fuels have been formed by the anaerobic decomposition of the remains of organisms including phytoplankton and zooplankton, and this process …

    Read full article » Middle East: Wednesday, October 20 - 2010 @ 15:07
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    Buying opportunity WTI crude oil

    An increase of the central bank’s target interest rate (currently between 0% and 0.25%) probably will not occur until the second half of 2011. According to the Fed, “the pace of economic recovery is likely …

    Read full article » Middle East: Tuesday, September 14 - 2010 @ 12:32
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    Baltic Dry Index continues losing streak

    The Baltic Dry Index is one of the purest leading indicators of economic activity, since speculators are not in the market. The prices are made only by the member companies, with on the one hand …

    Read full article » Middle East: Sunday, August 01 - 2010 @ 13:24
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    Hard Indicators signal possible downturn in global economy

    High grade copper futures (front month) at the Commodity Exchange in the US, rose more than 150% from the beginning of 2009 until April this year. However, after reaching the peak-level of this year, copper …

    Read full article » Middle East: Tuesday, June 29 - 2010 @ 12:05
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    Euro struggling with its own Greek tragedy (part II)

    Because of the diminishing trust of investors in the European currency, the euro fell from $1.40 at the beginning of February to $1.2144, the lowest level since April 2006. The free fall of the euro/US …

    Read full article » Middle East: Sunday, May 23 - 2010 @ 10:49
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    Natural gas price offers buying opportunities

    Courtesy of Futuresource.com, I have included three charts. One illustrates the monthly chart of the nearest (May) WTI futures contract. Another chart shows the nearest Natural Gas futures monthly chart. The third chart illustrates the …

    Read full article » Middle East: Thursday, April 22 - 2010 @ 13:09
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    Balancing Gold and Oil: Part three

    To illustrate the price development, a chart of the Gold/Oil-ratio (from 2005 until now) has been included, courtesy of Futuresource.com. This chart illustrates that the GOR barely traded below a value of 7 and that …

    Read full article » Middle East: Monday, March 22 - 2010 @ 12:09

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