Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

Comic-Con turns 50

Jul 19, 2019

Latest Episodes

Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace

2012 was a gusher year for OPEC

Stephen Beard Dec 31, 2012
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY

2012 was a bumper year for OPEC. The oil cartel earned a record $1 trillion in revenues, largely thanks to the high price of crude. The average price of Brent crude over the past year was $111.50, the highest ever annual average even allowing for inflation, higher even than the peak seen during the oil crises of the 1970’s.

Physical demand for oil was not the most important factor behind this year’s price rise since global economic growth was weak throughout the industrialized world. The main factor was political. Concern grew that Iran’s nuclear ambitions might trigger a pre-emptive attack by Israel which might lead to a wider conflagration in the Middle East threatening oil supplies. 

While OPEC as a whole did well from the buoyant price of oil, not all the cartel members benefited equally. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirate have done nicely in 2012 , making record revenues, but Iran  has not profited. U.S. and EU sanctions have begun to bite. Iranian exports have fallen sharply and the  country’s share of OPEC’s total revenues has fallen by a third.

 

 

If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air.  But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.

Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.

When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.