Best in Energy – 16 March 2023

Climate target of 1.5°C called in doubt ($FT)

Credit Suisse gets lifeline from central bank

Banks as privately-owned state agents ($FT)

Exxon ramps up new crude distillation unit

Iran/Saudi deal to end arming Yemen ($WSJ)

If you are interested in banking supervision and financial failures, I can strongly recommend “Integrity, Fairness and Resolve”, a short monograph published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City about the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. “Belly Up: The Collapse of the Penn Square Bank” also comes with my highest recommendation for a combination of insight and dark humour.

OIL PRICES fell sharply on March 15 in response to growing fears about a banking crisis and its impact on the economy. Brent futures were pushed bellow the bottom of the recent trading range:

U.S. DISTILLATE fuel oil inventories amounted to 120 million barrels on March 10. Inventories were -13 million barrels (-10% or -0.81 standard deviations) below the prior ten-year average. But the deficit has narrowed from -21 million barrels (-16% or -1.62 standard deviations) at the start of 2023 and -31 million barrels (-22% or -2.05 standard deviations) on October 7, 2022:

Best in Energy – 13 April 2022

WTI’s negative price – inside story ($BBG)

India faces coal and electricity shortage

OPEC/IEA tensions break into the open

OPEC reduces oil consumption forecast

German economists downgrade outlook

CNOOC to exit U.S./U.K./Canada assets

India’s refiners buy Russian oil ($BBG)

Jet fuel supplies are tightening ($BBG)

Energy crisis ousts climate policy ($FT)

U.S. petroleum product exports in 2021

U.S CONSUMER PRICES are increasing between two and four times faster than the central bank’s target of a little over 2%. Core prices for items other than food and energy have increased at a compound annual rate of 4.0% over the last two years and were advancing at an annualised rate of 5.8% in the three months from December to March. Services prices, which are normally more stable but also more labour-intensive, increased at a compound rate of 3.4% over the last two years and were rising at an annualised rate 7.1% between December and March. The rapidly rising cost of energy, raw materials, manufactured products, freight and labour is becoming more deeply entrenched in the rest of the economy:

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