Market Mad House

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

Cheap Oil

Market Insanity

Russia’s Economy is dying from Cheap Oil

Hopefully, we will not end up being nostalgic for the good old days when Vladimir Putin at least maintained an illusion of order in Russia. Cheap oil could soon bring him down and cause the Russian Federation to collapse in the process.

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The Death Spiral

Why $20-a-Barrel Oil Should Scare You to Death

These are the results of $30 a barrel oil. What happens with $20 or $15 or $10 a barrel oil? Hyperinflation in every major oil-producing nation is leading to political collapse. What happens if there is hyperinflation in Iran or Saudi Arabia or Nigeria, or worse, what happens if the king of Saudi Arabia can no longer pay his army? Saudi Arabia has a very large modern army with lots of high-tech equipment and large numbers of well-trained soldiers. What happens to it if that state collapses or the king loses his head?

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