Friday, December 12, 2014

Could or Would the US bail out it's own oil sector (and the banks)??

 The question asked by GE news (MSNBC)

An economist who correctly predicted the fall in oil price this year has told CNBC that the U.S. government could look to bail out its energy sector in 2015 as the commodity's low price starts hitting the country's economy.

"The U.S. energy sector is clearly important," Steen Jakobsen, the chief economist at Danish investment bank Saxo Bank, told CNBC Wednesday. "They are paramount to the long-term strategic issue that the U.S. will be self-dependent on oil."
Jakobsen is part of team that puts together an annual "outrageous predictions" outlook that has been running for more than a decade. He concedes that these so-called black swan scenarios are "relatively controversial", but says they could help investors navigate any real-life turmoil that arises. His prediction on a U.S. bailout is his own personal prediction and did not make the formal list that the Copenhagen-based company published on Wednesday morning.
A large number of economists believe the drilling frenzy and huge domestic energy boom has helped the U.S. to recover since the global financial crash of 2008, contributing an estimated 0.3-0.6 percentage points to U.S. gross domestic product. But Jakobsen believes this tailwind could soon become a headwind despite gas becoming cheaper at the pump for U.S. citizens.

"It will subtract 0.5 percent from GDP, bare minimum," he said. "There's a precedent here, back in the 80s we also had an oil crisis and that led to bank recoveries."

He added that oil companies are in for a "massive correction," similar to the downtrend seen in mining stocks, explaining that exploration was getting "hugely expensive" with energy majors having little free cash flow available.
The S&P 500 index has clocked gains of around 11 percent so far this year, but the energy sector within the benchmark is currently down nearly 12 percent. Oil prices are trading at five-year lows with Brent futures losing around 40 percent in value since June.

One of Jakobsen's "outrageous" predictions this time last year was for the commodity to drop below $80 per barrel which was achieved in November with oil now trading at around $65. BP sounded the alarm on Wednesday morning by saying that it is implementing a cost-cutting program due to the tumbling prices.
Any potential bailout for the sector, or even the banks that lend to them, would prove vastly unpopular in the U.S. The country is still reeling from a financial crash in 2008 when taxpayer money was used to backstop major financial institutions on Wall Street.
Dennis Gartman, a commodities investor and the editor of The Gartman Letter, told CNBC that any bailout is simply inconceivable.
There won't be a bailout. It will be haircuts. Remember? The plans have been made. 
This banker scam was first mentioned in 2013 and recently below- Going Global!
Links back to the two 2013 posts are included in the post from Nov 11/2014

Banksters: Global Haircuts= Global Plunder. Legalizing the theft of your savings.

"We bailed the banks out and the public's anger has been very real and very long standing," he told CNBC via email. "Bailing out the oil companies would be even more seriously hated."
U.S. oil production is a private-sector venture (laugh out loud!) and differs wildly from the state-run companies in the Gulf states and South America. However, the latter countries are able to extract oil from the ground at a cheaper cost than U.S. shale firms and there has been some speculation by economists that the two different industries could be playing a "game of chicken" before cutting back on any oil production to ease the oversupply.
The Shale hype is a lot of hype and not much substance. Or to quote Kim Mitchell a lot of feathers and not much chicken!
BNP Paribas' Global Head of Commodity Strategy, Harry Tchilinguirian, was equally in incredulous at the possibility of the U.S. government stepping in.

"In the event that oil prices fall further into 2016 and hurt smaller un-hedged independent operators as their free cash flow declines and their ability to raise finance is curbed, it is possible to see closures or consolidation in the sector," he told CNBC via email. "But is this reason enough for the government to intervene?"


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  2. The best perspective with which to consider the likelihood of any bailout for any "sector" is not to view it from a nationalistic perspective (what benefits the USA in this case) but one which favors the largest and therefore most powerful corporations (monopolies) as it concurrently seeks to destroy any competitors.

    We must conclude at this point that no corporation "cares" about any given country except as it may profit from it - as a parasite requires a host.

    No regard need be given once the host is destroyed. Just move on to another host.

    Who is the big parasite here? Who seeks the monopoly? Who seeks to destroy its competitors?

    1. the nationalistic perspective applies in a bailout/aka haircut/bail in because American citizens money would be stolen in America
      Canadians in Canada
      Each nation has set up the legislation to pilfer from their own populace
      As for the biggest monopoly? Banksters- they can steal the money and direct to their corporate pals, everywhere

  3. Yep and as a Proud Amerika I would be more than happy to give the govt. all the money in the bank to save the world greatest banks and those fun love international oil companies.

    Then a course I have no money in the bank thanks to the banksters, the F$$$$$$ oil companies and the bought and paid for the so-called elected Amerikan govt.

    1. oh jo, you are just being facetious ;)
      Those fun loving international oil companies have pilfered aplenty from us all for a long long time now- and they are set to keep on winning once they get their carbon market going