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What's Driving the Brent-WTI Crude Oil Spread Towards Zero?

  
  
  

While NYMEX natural gas futures are often referred to as the widowmaker of the energy trading world, the recent collapse in the Brent-WTI crude oil spread has likely produced a few widows of her own. For those of you who don't watch the Brent-WTI spread closely, the spread is once again trading near parity. As such thought it would be a good time to review the Brent-WTI spread and the potential implications as it relates to crude oil and refined product price risk management.

Airlines Alter Fuel Hedging Strategies for Low Price Environment

  
  
  

As crude oil and jet fuel prices continue to decline, many airlines are adapting their fuel hedging strategies to account for the current, lower price environment. On one hand, some airlines are taking a more aggressive stance or beginning to hedge their fuel price exposure for the first time in company history. Others are taking a step back and either reducing the scale of their hedging programs or eliminating them completely. Some are also taking an entirely different different approach, choosing to sell their existing positions (and realize the losses) in order to enter into new positions at lower prices.

A Crude Oil Hedging Lesson From Mattress Mack - $85 and It's Free

  
  
  

If you live in Houston or you've spent much time here, you're certainly familiar with Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, the owner of Gallery Furniture. If you're not familiar with him, Mattress Mack is a Houston celebrity, well known for the energetic commercials which advertise his furniture stores. His entertaining commercials generally include some variant of one of his catch phrases - "save you money" or "buy it today and have it in your home tonight". 

Will Consumers Make The Same Hedging Mistakes as Many Producers?

  
  
  

I spent the holidays on the road between Houston and Nebraska visiting family. The trip took me though some rural communities where it is common to find local farmers, truckers, etc. sitting around the table at a truck stop or diner discussing the important topics of the day. As you might imagine, fuel prices are among those topics.

The Top 10 Mercatus Energy Pipeline Posts of 2014

  
  
  

As many blogs do towards the end of one year and the beginning of the next, today we're looking back at all of the blog posts we published in 2014 to see which posts were the most popular with our thousands of subscribers. The number of hits a blog post receives tells you a lot about what's happening in the energy markets, the topics which are of most interest to our subsrcibers and which posts aren't quite so popular.

IP Week 2015 Seminar - Early Registration Discount Ends Tomorrow

  
  
  

The early registration discount for our next Energy Trading, Hedging & Risk Management Seminar, which will take place during IP Week 2015 in London, ends tomorrow. Register today and secure your seat.

January 2015 Oil & Gas Hedging Update

  
  
  

As everyone who follows the global energy markets is well aware, despite a few days during which prices have increased slightly, crude oil and refined products across the world have continued to decline significantly over the past month.

February Seminar Registration Discount Extended Until January 7

  
  
  

At the request of many, due to the holidays we have decided to extend the early registration discount for our next Energy Trading, Hedging & Risk Management Seminar, taking place February 10-11, 2015 in London, through January 7, 2015. To maximize your learning experience, the seminar will be limited to 20 participants. Register today and secure your seat.

NYMEX, ICE & EIA New Years Holiday Calendars

  
  
  

If you have hedging needs to take care of this week, the following are the New Years holiday calendars for NYMEX and ICE energy products, as well as the calendars for the EIA crude oil, refined product and natural gas data relases.

NYMEX, ICE & EIA 2014 Christmas Holiday Calendars

  
  
  

If you have trading needs to take care of this week, the following are the Christmas holiday calendars for NYMEX and ICE energy products, as well as the calendars for the EIA crude oil, refined product and natural gas data relases.

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