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Are banks really responsible for the oil crisis?

With oil prices falling to as low as $10 a barrel in 1998, rising to $72 in
2007 and now hitting $139
on Friday
, what is happening? Forecasters are now saying that oil may break
over the $200 per barrel price barrier before the end of the year. Will this
bubble never burst?

Sure it will, but in the meantime everyone is laying blame on someone
else.

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown blames the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries,
OPEC. What a load of baloney. OPEC were responsible for price-fixing and
shorting production in the 1970’s, which caused the last crisis, but now these
countries produce only about 4 in 10 barrels. If anything, OPEC has tried to
maintain fair pricing for the past three decades, rather than fixing.

OPEC therefore blames the Federal Reserve’s policies on the dollar in light
of the credit crisis. Did Greenspan and Bernanke mess up this badly? Some would
say yes, as the price of oil bounces unendingly upwards on each day of bad news
USA. Friday’s spike up was caused by the sharpest one-month rise in American
unemployment rates since 1986.

But then the Fed and other investors, such as George Soros, blame speculators and hedge funds. Everyone’s trying to make a
quick buck out of commodities such as oil and gold in light of the credit
crunch.

So who’s right and who’s wrong?

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About Chris M Skinner

Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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