Links for 2011-10-23

Dave Altig and Patrick Higgins at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta have raised their estimate of 2011:Q3 real GDP growth from 1.4% as of the beginning of September to 3.2% currently.

Enterprise Products Partners and Enbridge Inc. announced plans to build a new pipeline from oversupplied Cushing, Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast (hat tip: Jim Brown). I reviewed the great need for such a pipeline here, and this may be one way to get one built without having to wait forever for White House approval.

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams reviews lessons from the last 3 years on the effects of unconventional monetary policy.

Michael Plante and Mine Yucel at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas review the evidence on the role of speculation in recent oil price moves.

8 thoughts on “Links for 2011-10-23

  1. Ivars

    This was a productive weekend!
    I think I finally managed to match them!
    Now I have a really superb forecasting /history study interest tool . Have a look at exercise behind matching GREAT DEPRESSION and GREAT RECESSION timelines for the first time ( once I managed to patternalize ( ?) OUT FED’s grip on USA stock market prices) and, as usual, better visibility charts plus explanations here:
    And here:
    The supplement chart for rereading the history of GREAT DEPRESSION and rethinking the future as time line can be extended as well:

  2. ppcm

    Fed Dallas
    Did Speculation Drive Oil Prices? Market Fundamentals Suggest Otherwise
    by Michael D. Plante and Mine K. YĆ¼ce
    There is no speculation in the oil markets,prices are and were driven by GDP growth and therefore demand.There is no excess stocks that may have driven the prices on the upwards,no time lag between offshore transportation or sea containers storage and onshore delivery either.Derivatives are the measure of growth and demand.
    Bank of Canada
    The Role of Financial Speculation in
    Driving the Price of Crude Oil
    by Ron Alquist and Olivier Gervais
    Same conclusion sustained by a methodic apllication of Granger causality between two oil related agents the non commercial and the commercial.Through time series it is shown than none of the participants may have had a bearing on oil prices,they were docile and flexible markets agents.
    No smoking guns but one may remember a time serie, showing victims in the commodities markets (Please refer to, Econbrowser Changing behavior of crude oil futures prices)
    No smoking guns, but one can detect the proverbial weapons of mass destructions the derivatives (please see Econbrowser, Fundamentals, speculation, and oil prices)
    No stocks but increasing strategic reserves (
    A Granger causality that may be applied to the wrong variables.How about applying the same Granger causality not between two variables the participants derivatives or physical positions but to the participants P$L (Banks,financial corporations,commodities funds versus oil producing companies) ?

  3. Ricardo

    Steve Kopits,
    It appears that the new pipeline could actually cause the price of WTI to increase. The pipeline would ease the glut in Cushing and give the surplus access to transportation to exploit the European prices. Your thoughts.

  4. Steven Kopits

    Ricardo –
    A pipeline which materially eases the Cushing bottleneck should bring WTI prices largely back in line with Brent.
    Where the prices meet can be debated. Today, Brent is $110, WTI is $90. My guess: Brent would fall to somewhere above $105, and WTI would rise to the $105 range.

  5. Ricardo

    Steven Kopits,
    Exactly my analysis! With gold once again climbing signaling a returning weak dollar WTI could jump even to the level of Brent.

  6. The Engineer

    Interesting about that pipeline. The glut of light crude in Cushing has been a godsend to the few inland refineries still in business. Look at BP’s Q3 statement and see how much they made at Whiting and Toledo.
    I will be sad to see the party end when that pipeline opens in 2013.

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