Why Oil Prices Haven't Gone Crazy

The U.S. shale oil boom has kept markets calm

The oil markets have plenty of reasons to be spooked. In Libya, home to Africa’s largest reserves, production has fallen more than 80 percent since militias seized control of the country’s biggest ports last summer. Most of Iran’s oil remains trapped as well. Sanctions aimed at punishing Iran for its nuclear weapons program have crippled its crude exports by 1.5 million barrels a day. Nigeria is in the midst of its worst oil crisis in years: Rising violence, plus rampant sabotage and theft, have knocked out about 300,000 barrels of oil output a day. In Venezuela, which has the world’s largest oil reserves, production has remained unchanged after years of underinvestment.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.