The Mercatus Energy Pipeline

This is Not Your Father's OPEC Agreement

Posted on Thu, Sep 29, 2016

For the first time since 2008, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) has agreed to reduce its aggregate output by 700,000-800,000 barrels per day (BPD), or to around 32.5 million to 33 million BPD, an agreement that has suprised the vast majority of oil market analysts. That being said, the lackluster reaction in both WTI and Brent futures is quite telling to say the least. Perhaps most market participants have grown tired of OPEC "crying wolf" and not adhering to the quotas?

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The Week in Energy Markets - Our New Newsletter Covering the Energy Markets

Posted on Mon, Sep 12, 2016

We have just launched a new, unique weekly newsletter covering the global energy markets. In short, in order to deliver our clients with the advice, data and strategies that they expect from us, we spend a large part of each week reading hundreds of articles, blogs & reports and analyze gigabytes of data related to the global energy markets. We're now curating this data and information in the form of a weekly newsletter, which is free of charge and delivered direct to your inbox, The Week in Energy Markets.

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Bunker Fuel Hedging & Price Risk Management - Costless Collars

Posted on Mon, Aug 15, 2016

In the first two posts in our series our on bunker fuel hedging and price risk management, we explained how marine fuel consumers can utilize the two most common fuel oil hedging strategies, fixed price swaps and call options. Today we’re going to explore a strategy known as a collar, often a “costless” collar. While many often find the term collar to be confusing, the strategy isn't as complex as it might sound, as it simply the combination of buying one option (in the case of a fuel consumer, a call option) and selling another option (in this case, a put option) to create a price ceiling (also known as a max or maximum) and floor (as known as a min or minimum).

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Energy Hedging 101 - Swaps

Posted on Wed, Aug 10, 2016

This post is the second of several in a series covering the most common energy hedging strategies. You can access the first post, which covered energy futures, via this link.  In subsequent posts we will also be exploring the basics of energy commodity options as well as more "complex" hedging structures such as basis swaps, collars and option spreads.

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Three-Way Collars: A Conservative Airline Fuel Hedging Strategy

Posted on Thu, Jul 28, 2016

In a previous post, An Alternative Oil Hedging Strategy Using Three Way Collars, we explored how oil and gas producers can implement a conservative hedging strategy utilizing a combination of call and put options to structure a strategy known as a three-way collars. Today we're going to explain how large fuel consumers, such as airlines, can also use three-way collars as a conservative fuel hedging strategy.

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As Crude Oil Approaches $40/BBL, Warren Buffet Provides Great Hedging Advice

Posted on Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Are crude oil prices headed back below $40/BBL or even $30/BBL? Prompt NYMEX WTI futures settled last night at $42.92/BBL, while prompt Brent futures settled at $44.87/BBL and both are trading lower by an additional 75 cents at the moment. Recall it was only a few months ago that we witnessed crude oil trading below $30/BBL before the recovery back above $50/BBL.

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Energy Hedging 101 - Futures

Posted on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

Given the recent volatility in crude oil and refined products prices, as well as natural gas prices, we thought it would be beneficial to take another look at the various energy hedging instruments available to the various participants in the energy commodity markets.

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An Introduction To Crack Spread (Refiner) Hedging

Posted on Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Over the course of the past year, refining profit margins have been all over the map. As an example, over the course of the past year, the WTI-NY Harbor ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) crack spread has traded as high as $22.92/BBL and as low as $6.89/BBL while averaging $14.03/BBL. Crack spreads on other crude oils (Brent, Light Louisiana Sweet, etc.) and various refined products (diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, etc.) have been similarly volatile. 

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Is Your Team Well Prepared to Manage Your Energy Price Risk

Posted on Thu, Jul 21, 2016

As many companies are currently planning for 2017 and beyond, now is an ideal time to review your energy risk management program, including whether your team is prepared for the challenges of the upcoming year. Regardless of whether you're a Fortune 500 company or a small, family owned business, you need to determine whether or not your team your team is well prepared to do all of the following:

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Six Key Steps to a Succcessful Energy Hedging Program

Posted on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

1. Identifiy, Analyze and Quantify All Risks

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