Global Markets

Low oil prices not all doom and gloom

Short-term disadvantages of low oil prices may encourage longer term investment into gas and LNG Short-term disadvantages of low oil prices may encourage longer term investment into gas and LNG.
By Peter Stewart 19 August 2015 0 24337
Short-term disadvantages of low oil prices may encourage longer term investment into gas and LNG. (Microsoft)

Tectonic shifts are under way in the global economy. But although such changes often have more profound long-term consequences than the short-term factors that steal the headlines, their effects are more difficult to predict.

The oil market reacted in textbook fashion last week to the decision by China’s central bank to allow the yuan to depreciate against the dollar – an attempt to boost China’s cooling economy. North Sea Brent crude – a benchmark for international oil prices – slid to below $50 per barrel after...