Vladimir Putin’s math is looking fuzzy. Russia’s budget is based on oil trading for $100 a barrel, government documents reveal.
Finance minister Anton Siluanov calls that an “alternative economic reality.”
Oil currently trades around $80 a barrel.
Siluanov warned that cuts will be needed since the budget doesn’t reflect the hits Russia’s economy has taken from the standoff in Ukraine and falling oil prices.
When Russian parliament passed the draft budget for 2015-2017 last week, it assumes that oil trades at $104 a barrel for 2014 and $100 for 2015-2017. That might have made sense when oil traded at $115 in June, but not now.
The result: Russia has a huge hole in its books.
And it might get worse. Goldman Sachs (GS) and top bond investor Jeffrey Gundlach predict oil could fall as low as $70 in the coming months.
This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.