Oil Markets in 2016: Back to the Future II?

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Thirty years ago, at around the time of the release of the original "Back to the Future" film, the price of Brent crude oil collapsed in a short period of time. Similar to today, the oil market was responding to a significant increase in non-OPEC supplies and a change in OPEC behaviour, as OPEC elected to compete for market share.  In this Insight we examine the 1986 price collapse to compare it with the current one and look for any differences and implications.

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  • Figure 3: Oil Market "Oversupply"
  • Figure 4: Oil price evolution (percentage of peak price)
  • Oil Markets in 2016: Back to the Future II?: Image 1
  • Figure 2: "Pre-Crash" Oil Balances (demand growth, sources of supply) (kbd)

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