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Posted by LSK in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Jun 12th 2008, 02:58 PM
"Thereís a few hedge fund managers out there who are masters at knowing how to exploit the peak theories and hot buttons of supply and demand and by making bold predictions of shocking price advancements to come, they only add more fuel to the bullish fire in a sort of self fulfilling prophecy." ó National Gas Week, September 5, 2005 as reprinted in the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigationsí report, "The Role of Market Speculation in Rising Oil and Gas Prices," June 27, 2006

There it is in plain sight for everyone to see, exactly what Iíve been reporting for the past few years: Many individuals who are investing in oil and natural gas futures are going out in the media and trying to convince the American public that either we are out of oil or there is a serious supply shortage of crude against worldwide demand. The question is: Does it surprise you to discover that the US Senate investigated the rigging of the oil market by speculators in the summer of 2006 Ė and concluded that there was no supply and demand problem with oil? Did you know that their conclusion was that speculators were responsible for a 70 percent overcharge in the price of oil in the months leading up to the summer of 2006?

This from page 1 of the Executive Summary of that Senate investigation, there is this one troubling line: "Today, U.S. oil inventories are at an eight-year high, and OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) oil inventories are at a 20-year high."

Thatís odd because, in 2006, just like today, the media reporting covered the serious international shortage of oil and justified oilís high price. Even more troubling is that the House of Representatives held a hearing this past December, ominously titled "Energy Speculation and Price Manipulation." How did it pass under the radar that both the Senate and the House studied the issue of price manipulation in our energy markets and both concluded that it was unregulated, massive trading in one futures market that was really driving up the price of oil and natural gas? And given that conclusion, why has Congress done nothing about it?

much much more....

http://www.star-telegram.com/104/story/651...
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