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  • Getting Fit for “Lean” Oil: Companies Shape Up, With Cheaper as the New Normal

    One sector looking a bit skinny on stock markets right now is energy: many companies have been incurring losses since crude oil prices dropped by half in recent years. Yes, oil prices are low, but I’m okay with that. Looking back over 30 years, the sustained high oil prices of the early 2010s look very much like the real anomaly. We’ve certainly seen companies able to profit at a lower per-barrel cost in times past. I still believe there’s a ...

  • At 30 Times the Price of Oil, This Precious Canadian Commodity Tastes Great

    Here’s something to contemplate over breakfast this Canada Day weekend: That maple syrup you might casually drizzle over your pancakes is worth more than 30 times the price of oil. At $1,700 per barrel of maple syrup1 versus a scant $50 per barrel of crude, this is a Great Canadian Commodity we think merits attention on this national holiday. Move over Big Oil: it’s Big Maple While Canada ranks sixth in oil production, our country ...