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Friday, 2 June 2017

Russia Can ‘Live Forever’ With $40 Oil in Warning to Hedge Funds - Bloomberg

Russia Can ‘Live Forever’ With $40 Oil in Warning to Hedge Funds - Bloomberg:

"A race to the bottom in oil prices may not have many winners, but Russia is certain it can survive. It’s less sure about hedge funds.

“We’re actually ready to live forever with the oil price at $40 or below,” Russian Economy Minister Maxim Oreshkin said in a Bloomberg Television interview at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Thursday. “All macroeconomic policy is now based on the assumption of the oil price of $40.”

As Russia’s future economic plans increasingly converge around crude at that level, Oreshkin says he’s baffled by a more bullish turn taken by hedge funds. Bets on rising West Texas Intermediate prices jumped the most this year just as Saudi Arabia and Russia were mustering support for the deal they struck in Vienna last month, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data show."



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