The Great Debate UK

Did the Fed catastrophically mis-time QE2?

February 28, 2011

USAThe sternest criticism of QE2 is the way it pumped up asset prices like commodities in recent months without making much of an impact on U.S. economic growth. Rising fuel and food costs have weighed on inflation everywhere from emerging markets to the UK. But this criticism might step up a gear if Middle East tensions lead to a spike in oil prices and the Fed tries to protect growth using a similarly blunt tool as QE2.

from Reuters Investigates:

WikiLeaks, OpenLeaks, GreenLeaks and more leaks

January 28, 2011

A Reuters exclusive details the emergence of two anti-corporate, WikiLeaks-style websites in Europe, both called GreenLeaks. The sites promise to leak confidential documents regarding environmental abuses by a host of industries.

Has QE2 worked?

December 16, 2010

– Kathleen Brooks is research director at forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own. –

from The Great Debate:

Will oil prices stabilize around $80?

November 29, 2010

Most commentators and oil analysts are convinced a further rise in prices is inevitable in the next few years as emerging market consumption grows and supplies increasingly come from more costly and technically challenging sources such as ultra-deepwater.

from Breakingviews:

BP’s second kitchen-sinking can’t mask comeback

November 2, 2010

It will be a long time before BP is back to business as usual following the Gulf of Mexico disaster. The UK oil and gas major has just upped its estimate of costs by $7.7 billion to $39.9 billion, in what investors must hope is the second kitchen-sinking exercise following the disaster—albeit the first under new chief executive Bob Dudley. But the hit can't mask what looks like the makings of BP's recovery.

from The Great Debate:

Forecasting and its discontents

August 27, 2010

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future," is attributed to a long list of people. Even with that in mind, however, the first eight months of 2010 have been especially unkind to professional forecasters and investors as markets have lurched between extremes of pessimism and optimism.

from Breakingviews:

Vedanta’s Indian oil interest is hard to fathom

August 12, 2010

Vedanta Resources' Indian oil interest is hard to fathom. No doubt Cairn Energy will have plenty of ideas for any cash it may raise by selling a stake in the UK oil explorer's Indian subsidiary. But it's harder to see what Anil Agarwal's mining group has to gain from dipping its toe into the oil business.

from Breakingviews:

BP assets worth risk of indigestion for Apache

July 12, 2010

It's potentially hazardous to swallow a meal a third your size. But it could make sense for Apache to grab $10 billion of BP's Alaskan assets. The U.S. firm's flair for squeezing oil from older wells makes it an ideal buyer -- and BP is a keener seller than it was.

Facebook group defends “harassed” BP

June 18, 2010

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BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward branded “the most hated man in America” may be surprised to find himself cast in the role of victim by a growing clan of web-based supporters on Facebook.

Is the re-pricing in stocks and oil complete?

May 28, 2010

-Jane Foley is research director at Forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-