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Liam Denning

The Year We Lost God But Gained OilCoin

A legendary trader's departure was a sign oil's fundamentals are shifting.
Andrew "Andy" Hall, chief executive officer of Astenbeck Capital Management LLC, right, attends the Artists Dinner supporting Tate Americas Foundation at the Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York, U.S., on Thursday, May 8, 2013.

Andrew "Andy" Hall, chief executive officer of Astenbeck Capital Management LLC, right, attends the Artists Dinner supporting Tate Americas Foundation at the Skylight at Moynihan Station in New York, U.S., on Thursday, May 8, 2013.

Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

God didn't die in 2017, but he did throw his hands up.

Andy Hall, the oil trader blessed with that nickname, caused a stir this summer by closing down his main hedge fund after long arguing for oil prices to rally and reportedly suffering big losses.