Featured StoryLibya's political turmoil yesterday (Thursday) continued to rage near the country's important oil patch cities, as Col. Moammar Gadhafi's military fought to secure ports and refineries.
Libya's government tried to portray a sense of security to foreign reporters who toured the Zawiya Oil Refinery Co. yesterday, even as rebel forces remained in place throughout the surrounding city.
Why You Should Worry About the Iran Oil Sanctions
I cut my teeth doing energy-related deals in the Soviet Union and still spend a lot of time consulting in Russia and the Caspian Sea basin. These days, my work takes me all over the globe. But the part of the world where my career began still holds the key for future oil supplies.
Especially the Caspian.
This land-locked body of water borders five countries, each having major oil-and-gas reserves.
One of those countries is Iran - the focus of the latest problem that's cropped up...
Question of the Week: Readers Respond to Money Morning's Afghanistan Mineral Wealth Query
The news that there is $1 trillion of Afghanistan mineral wealth hiding in the country's scarred and deserted landscape has global investors calculating how likely it would be for this incredibly poor country to transform itself into a natural-resources powerhouse.
It has also spawned debates about which nations should be given a piece of this vast apparent fortune.
The discovery - and its transformational potential - is...
We Want to Hear From You: Is Afghanistan's Mineral Wealth a Blessing or a Curse?
The news that there is $1 trillion of Afghanistan mineral wealth hiding in the country's scarred and deserted landscape has global investors calculating how likely it would be for this incredibly poor country to transform itself into a major global exporter.
It has also spawned debates about which nations should be given a piece of this potential fortune.
At $1 trillion, the estimated value of the mineral reserves is 100...
Dubai World May Ask Banks to Take 20% "Haircut," Delay Payments to Solve its Debt Bomb
Dubai World may ask banks to take a so-called 20% "haircut" from the face values on their loans and stretch out loan maturities when it presents a restructuring plan this month. The banks may be able to avoid the haircut if they allow the state-owned investment firm to stretch payments for as long as 10...
How to Profit from the Middle East’s Global Expansion
Editor's Note: Middle Eastern countries know their oil supplies aren't going to last forever. So they're pumping more than $2 trillion into new, long-term economic projects – such as brand new cities that will function as both business and vacation hot spots. A special report jointly developed by U.K. affiliate MoneyWeek Magazine and our experts...
Middle East ETFs Will be Available "This Year"
By Mike Caggeso Associate Editor Several Middle East markets are expected to launch exchange-traded funds (ETFs) this year, according to a senior official at Morgan Stanley (MS), opening the door to the region's very lucrative, fast-growing economies. "Most exchanges in the region would like ETFs, even Saudi Arabia. The region sees ETFs as an appealing...
Why the Gulf's Currency Integration Will Benefit International Investors
By Keith Fitz-Gerald Investment Director Money Morning/The Money Map Report On Jan. 1, six Gulf states joined together – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kuwait – to form a single common market, not unlike the European Union (EU), which has served as its model. The common market, valued at...