Global oil demand: 5 risks in 2018

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23 January 2018

Global oil demand: 5 risks in 2018

Report summary

2018 will be a pivotal year for the global oil market. From a macroeconomic standpoint, the impact of policy changes in the US and China are in focus. In the US we will monitor the impact of tax reform and watch for any acceleration in interest rate tightening. What impact could this have on corporates, and indeed financial markets, accustomed to low borrowing costs? In China, we see GDP deceleration as the government focuses on controlling risk and leverage in the financial sector, and raising the quality of economic growth. For oil demand itself, 2018 will be the first real test of electric vehicle sales as subsidies are phased out for some US producers. Fuel efficiency will be another metric to watch – not only possible changes to US fuel efficiency standards, but also the impact of US consumer preference towards trucks and larger less fuel efficient vehicles. Will this continue?

Table of contents

  • Global economic outlook hinges on US and China
  • Oil demand to hit 100 million b/d by year-end?
  • OECD oil demand: a return to structural decline?
  • Fuel efficiency: changing standards – both government and consumer
  • EV subsidy withdrawal: impact on EV sales?

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  • US fuel efficiency standards for new light vehicles
  • Global electric vehicle sales

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