Monday, January 31, 2011

The oil price bubble

The crisis in Egypt is doing wonders for the price of oil. As demonstrators filled the streets of Cairo, the price of Brent crude hit $100 a barrel, its highest level for two years.

However, it would be misleading to think that the political crises in North Africa is the main driver behind the recent spike in oil prices. The crisis has helped over the last month or so, but the market has been trending upwards since the summer.

Cheap money, lots of speculation and a growing expectations of inflation - these are the factors driving the price of oil higher.

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