Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Lessons from 2016: “Oil Price Will Fall to $16”

2016 is attracting to a nearby.

As the blinds descend, I thought it would be a smart thought to have a progression of articles glancing back at the occasions of the year to draw lessons from them. This is the first in the arrangement.

Note: Here's the second article in the arrangement, here's the third, and here's the fourth.

What oil can show us

Ahead of schedule in the year, a noteworthy idea in monetary circles universally was oil costs.

There was a lot of babble on this front in Singapore around then as well, given the way that we have around 50 oil and gas organizations recorded here, some of which are organizations with billion-dollar showcase capitalisations, for example, Keppel Corporation Limited (SGX: BN4) and Sembcorp Marine Ltd (SGX: S51).

Toward the end of 2015, raw petroleum costs fell beneath US$40 per barrel, setting off a wide range of expectations on where costs of the fuel will wind up in 2016.

In January, examiners from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) asserted that specialized signs they were seeing were guiding towards a low of US$16 per barrel for brent raw petroleum. Somewhere else, US-based money related administrations supplier Morgan Stanley was in a similar camp, anticipating that oil costs could tumble to as low as US$20 per barrel.

Be that as it may, the thing is, none of the expectations above ended up being correct. With not exactly a month to go for 2016, rough brent costs are exchanging above US$54. What's more, oil costs did not reach anyplace close US$20.

Expectations sounded normal at the time :

At the point when the oil value expectations were shared not long ago, they sounded sensible.

All things considered, oil costs had plummeted from a high of over US$110 per barrel in mid-2014 to under US$40 per barrel toward the end of 2015. Oil costs had fallen hard and it presumably "felt right" that oil costs would proceed on their descending direction.

Be that as it may, this is the reason it can be perilous to make forecasts. In his book Your Money and Your Brain, budgetary columnist Jason Zweig clarified the pitfalls of making expectations:

"To begin with, they accept that whatever has been going on is the main thing that could have happened. Second, they depend too vigorously on the transient past to conjecture the long haul future."

I can't help thinking this is the thing that precisely happened with the oil value forecasts made not long ago. The forecasts made were in-accordance with descending patterns seen in 2015. At last, they ended up being incorrectly.

In that lies a lesson for speculators for 2016: don't regard all forecasts.
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