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Today's big stories

  1. Some of the world’s biggest oil-producing nations agreed to boost supply, just not as much as many had been hoping
  2. Our analyst looks into how you can invest in bitcoin without sacrificing your green credentials – Read Now
  3. The first six months of the year saw a record-breaking amount of private equity dealmaking

Grand Crude

Grand Crude

What’s Going On Here?

A bunch of the world’s biggest oil-producing nations met on Thursday as demand for the black stuff surges – but as Finimize goes to press, reports suggest they’re keeping a stopper on supply.

What Does This Mean?

2021 is turning into a vintage year for crude oil producers. As lockdowns ease and economies expand, they’ve been able to steadily increase output without undermining prices. But while pressure’s been growing on producers to turn on the taps, OPEC+ (a group of major oil-exporting nations and their allies that includes Saudi Arabia and Russia) reportedly plans to pump fewer than 500,000 extra barrels per day between now and Christmas. Investors in companies that buy a lot of oil were understandably disappointed, but investors in oil itself will be raising a glass: prices rose above $75 a barrel on Thursday for the first time since 2018.

Why Should I Care?

For you personally: Give me liberty – or give me gas.
You may get a shock when you fill up the car this Fourth of July weekend: a gallon of fuel in the US is now 20% more expensive than before the pandemic (tweet this). With investment bank Citigroup forecasting global oil demand will exceed supply by three million barrels per day this quarter – and hit a record high in August – don’t expect gas to get much cheaper anytime soon. Just as well the future of transportation is electric…

The bigger picture: Happy Interdependence Day.
High oil prices should lead to recent tensions between OPEC+ member states simmering down. When oil’s closer to $50 a barrel, nations like Russia that don’t need high prices to fund government spending remain keen to increase production – leading to run-ins with the Saudis. But if prices stick above $75, even the most heavily oil-dependent economy can balance its budgets. It may soon be in everyone’s interests to up pumping a little bit more.

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2. Analyst Take

How To Turn Bitcoin Green

What’s Going On Here?

There’s been a lot of talk about bitcoin’s environmental impact recently, especially since Tesla’s high-profile flip-flopping.

Mining the cryptocurrency, after all, consumes a lot of energy. More than the whole of Finland, by some estimates.

But if you’re torn between your love of the cryptocurrency and your planet-friendly reputation, the good news is that there are ways to make bitcoin mining more eco-friendly.

That’s today’s Insight: how you can square bitcoin with your green credentials, and how the cryptocurrency’s becoming more planet-friendly.

Read or listen to the Insight here

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Private Party

Private Party

What’s Going On Here?

Private equity firms have had their busiest-ever start to a year, inking more than $500 billion in deals around the world across the first half of 2021. And you’re invited to join the fun…

What Does This Mean?

Investors park their cash with private equity firms in the expectation that they’ll go out and either buy large stakes in private companies or take over public ones and delist them from the stock market. The hope is that after a few years of tinkering with a company’s operations and financials, they’ll be able to sell the business on for a profit.

Ultra-low interest rates have made private equity’s promise of solid returns more popular than ever – helping firms amass a mountain of investor cash. And since private equity deals almost always involve huge chunks of debt, low rates have also created the perfect environment for them to get busy buying.

Why Should I Care?

For markets: Public service announcement.
Private equity firms are rushing to buy up companies – but several are simultaneously looking to list themselves on stock markets. California’s TPG Capital and Britain’s Bridgepoint Advisers are both considering selling stakes in initial public offerings (IPOs), apparently drawn by the historically high valuations investors are currently willing to pay for stocks. But that could be a warning sign. Private equity giant Blackstone listed in June 2007 – right before the crash that eventually saw the US stock market fall 60%.

For you personally: Pick up a private number?
While investing directly in private equity funds remains restricted to the very wealthy, shares of dozens of firms are now publicly available. Some have proved hot tickets: Sweden’s EQT has risen 270% since listing in 2019. But an exchange-traded fund (ETF) tracking the performance of 50-odd firms worldwide hasn’t proved so dazzling. It’s fallen 39% since its inception in October 2006 – while global stock markets have more than doubled.

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“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

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