Oil's Endless Bid: Taming the Unreliable Price of Oil to Secure Our Economy

Oil's Endless Bid: Taming the Unreliable Price of Oil to Secure Our Economy

by Dan Dicker
     
 

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Why does it cost $40 to fill your gas tank one year and $80 the next?

What caused oil and gas prices to soar 600% from 2003–2008, only to take a nosedive and soar again over the next couple of years?

Why, if cheap energy sources are more abundant than ever, are we bankrupting our economy in order to make foreign oil producers even richer than they

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Why does it cost $40 to fill your gas tank one year and $80 the next?

What caused oil and gas prices to soar 600% from 2003–2008, only to take a nosedive and soar again over the next couple of years?

Why, if cheap energy sources are more abundant than ever, are we bankrupting our economy in order to make foreign oil producers even richer than they already are?

While there seems to be no shortage of "expert" opinions as to why oil prices have been behaving so erratically, the three most commonly given blame either the decline in the value of the U.S. dollar; China's insatiable hunger for oil; or investor fears of inflation.

Thoughtful people sense there is something wrong with this conventional wisdom about the oil markets, but they are hard pressed to say what it is. Are they correct? Is there another, more sinister force driving the oil's crazy price volatility—something glaringly obvious that the experts are missing or, worse, deliberately glossing over?

The short answer, according to author Dan Dicker, is yes—and that missing "something" is, quite simply, that the oil markets are terribly broken. What broke them, and how can they be fixed before they drag us all down into an economic black hole, is the subject of Oil's Endless Bid.

Few authors are as qualified as Dan to write such a book. During his two decades as a NYMEX oil trader, he watched a clubby niche market explode into a firestorm of financial speculation fueled by a high-octane mix of unbridled greed, the malignant growth of exotic financial instruments, and a near-total lack of oversight.

Interweaving personal accounts with expert analysis, Dan reflects on his life as a trader before and after passage of the Commodities Futures Modernization Act opened up the oil markets to a flood of "dumb money." According to him, the "assetization" of oil, and the rapid growth of oil index funds and ETFs, has created an incessant upward pressure on the price of oil—the lifeblood of American industry. And that pressure has severed it from the practical realities of oil and the oil industries. Hence, "oil's endless bid."

The biggest victim of this latest speculative feeding frenzy is the American consumer, who pays the price at the pump and in the inflated costs of everything—from food and clothing to electric power and even lifesaving medications.

Oil's Endless Bid offers a unique insider's look at the modern face of oil trading, along with expert advice on how to immunize your assets from unpredictable price volatility in the markets. But perhaps, more important, it explains what corporate and government leaders can and must do to address this dire problem . . . before it's too late.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470915622
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Pages:
338
Sales rank:
940,348
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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