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U.S. Crude Closes 2017 At $60+, What Does 2018 Have in Store?

U.S. Crude Closes 2017 At $60+, What Does 2018 Have in Store?

For the U.S. oil industry, 2017 ended with a comparative bang. Oil prices closed out 2017 at $60.07 per barrel, the highest close since June 2015 ($60.32), as buyers capitalized on surprise drops in both output and commercial crude stocks. Since mid-2017, U.S. West Texas Intermediate...

U.S. Shale Investors Indulge in Creative Vehicles

U.S. Shale Investors Indulge in Creative Vehicles

Investments in U.S. shale are soaring once again after 2014’s collapsing oil prices led bank lenders to retreat from funding oil production. Despite scattered concerns around returns, surging optimism has led investors to dole out cash for drilling and output –taking advantage of...


US to Become Net Oil Exporter - IEA Releases WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2017

US to Become Net Oil Exporter - IEA Releases WORLD ENERGY OUTLOOK 2017

The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2017 report once more points to the future expansion of US oil exports. “A remarkable ability to unlock new resources cost-effectively pushes combined United States oil and gas output to a level 50% higher than any other country has ever...

Small Private Equity Managers Outplay High AUM Peers

Small Private Equity Managers Outplay High AUM Peers

The future of the energy industry in our post-Shale Revolution America will turn on a prudent and sustained application of capital -- human capital and technological capital, as well as the more traditional capital resources. 
As an industry observer and active participant, it is...



Understanding America’s Crude Export Boom

Understanding America’s Crude Export Boom

It is no secret that the shale revolution dramatically altered the geopolitical map of oil production, giving the US a prominent role, and reducing our reliance on imports. Along the path to the much coveted self-sufficiency, the US has also had a chance to export massive amounts of...


Saudi’s First Quarter Report Suggests Sluggish Reform Efforts

Saudi’s First Quarter Report Suggests Sluggish Reform Efforts

Saudi Arabia’s ambitious plans to transition away from oil dependence by 2030 remain in a fledging state, according to the Saudi Ministry of Finance’s 2017 first quarter fiscal performance report released May 11.
Props to the nation for cutting its budget deficit by nearly 71% in...

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