OPEC Warns Next Fed Policy Move Will Impact Oil

Central banks such as the U.S. Federal Reserve will be crucial in determining the state of global growth and the overall health of the energy sector, according to the latest monthly report from oil producer group OPEC.

In its latest September report, the 14-member oil producing cartel said that the trend of “moderate” global growth was likely to continue in 2016 and 2017 and that imminent central bank decisions and political developments were likely “to be influential.”

“There are several key dynamics across the globe that are significant (to global growth) in the short-term, OPEC said on Monday before commenting on the effectiveness of central bank stimulus programs.

“Interest rates are already low in major economies and the effectiveness of further monetary stimulus has diminished, despite remaining crucial for some economies. Here, any decision from main central banks on monetary policies, particularly the U.S. Fed, will continue to be influential. Moreover, in most key economies the space for fiscal stimulus seems to be limited given high debt levels.” it said.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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