Saturday, May 30, 2020

Hedging, Banking & Credit

Look Out Below

Posted on May 20, 2020

Crude oil futures fell into negative territory for the first time in histor…

COVID-19 Results in Lowest U.S. Petroleum Consumption in Decades

Posted on May 20, 2020

Impact far less severe on distillate fuel oil than gasoline, jet fuel

Are Oil Prices Presenting an Opportunity?

Posted on April 17, 2020

Disciplined hedging is paramount during Black Swan events

What Determines Oil Futures Prices?

Posted on March 23, 2020

Eight key factors to track when making hedging decisions


Posted on February 18, 2020

Hedge Solutions reviews 10 years of oil market movement

Coal Companies Seek Bankruptcy Protection

Posted on December 13, 2019

The mines have closed and now the well of worker benefits is drying up

Basis Blowout Ahead?

Posted on December 13, 2019

Warning signs are in place, but several questions remain

Seasonal Hedging Outlook

Posted on October 22, 2019

Prices are down, markets seem calm. So, what’s there to worry about? A lot,…

All Eyes on Margins

Posted on September 16, 2019

Cloud technology offers hedgers more accurate statements, deeper insight

The Big Question Post-OPEC+ Agreement

Posted on August 19, 2019

Where do we go from here?

How to Prepare Your Heating Fuel Business for IMO 2020

Posted on July 19, 2019

The impact of this incoming regulation could be felt by next heating season

Occidental Beats Out Chevron in Bidding War for Anadarko

Posted on June 20, 2019

On May 9, Occidental Petroleum announced it had entered into a definitive a…

Status of OPEC Agreement Ahead of June Meeting

Posted on June 20, 2019

In February 2016, Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi announced a plan …

More, More, More

Posted on May 9, 2019

Crude oil production in the United States has been growing at what the Pari…

Risks & Returns

Posted on April 11, 2019

A cursory glance at The Diff. on page 3 of our April 2019 issue shows the N…

Yes, It STILL Makes Sense to Hedge and Offer Price Protection

Posted on March 14, 2019

If this article looks familiar it’s because I am doing a bit of recycling f…

A Return of Volatility

Posted on February 19, 2019

During the last three months of 2018, crude oil lost over 40% of its value.…

Natural Gas Hedge Fund Crash Costs Investors Millions

Posted on December 18, 2018

Your money is gone. That’s what natural gas hedge fund investor James Cordi…


Posted on December 18, 2018

On July 14, 2015, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security…

Past, Present & Future

Posted on October 24, 2018

As another heating season approaches, it’s a good time to review the past, …

Wet Plus Put Equals Protection

Posted on September 21, 2018

Last month my colleague over at Hedge Solutions, Rachel Luc, went over the …

Back to Basics with Hedging for Fuel Dealers

Posted on August 21, 2018

Which heating oil program(s) are you offering your clients this winter? How…

The Impact of Demand on Oil Prices

Posted on July 19, 2018

According to, over “the last half-decade, the focus in the med…

A Few Ideas About Hedging

Posted on July 19, 2018

It’s been said that humans are best equipped for learning during the late m…

U.S. and Saudis Clamp Down on Iran

Posted on June 21, 2018

Early last month, President Trump announced that the United States is pulli…

U.S. Shale Production Growth Outlook

Posted on May 16, 2018

As always, there are multiple factors that weigh on oil markets, causing pr…

OPEC Seeks Oil Market Stability

Posted on April 20, 2018

Moving on From Output Cut Deal

Prices & Predictions

Posted on April 20, 2018

Hedging experts tackle 10 tough questions on the oil markets of today and t…

Rally Recap

Posted on March 15, 2018

Crude oil and refined products futures rallied sharply throughout the secon…

Saudi Arabia’s Transformation

Posted on February 13, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, is the 32-year-old he…

Tightening Global Oil Supply

Posted on December 11, 2017

Recently, global crude and refined products markets have been tightening. I…

Ebbs & Flows

Posted on October 23, 2017

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 Hurricane, on …

Ultra-Low Sulfur Standard Ushers In Cleaner Hedges

Posted on September 12, 2017

Sulfur content regulations have impacted, and continue to impact, the disti…

Curtailing Excess Oil Output

Posted on August 15, 2017

It’s certain that global oil supplies are right now extremely excessive. Wo…

OPEC’s Crucial Missteps

Posted on July 14, 2017

The jig is up for non-committal cartel members

Will OPEC’s Strategy Succeed or Fail?

Posted on June 7, 2017

Lately, more analysts are questioning whether OPEC’s current strategy is he…

Can Coming Up “Short” Be a Positive?

Posted on May 9, 2017

Every day counts in a highly seasonal business such as this, and some days …

OPEC’s Strategy is Developing Cracks

Posted on April 18, 2017

The CERAWeek global oil industry conference in Houston last month “exposed …

Change and Adaptation

Posted on April 18, 2017

Heating oil marketers are emerging from another challenging heating season …

Will the OPEC Producers Hold the Line?

Posted on March 9, 2017

Last September in Algiers, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Coun…

Shale Oil’s Rebound Continues

Posted on February 6, 2017

Shale oil is a vital cog in the U.S. energy industry wheel, so it’s advisab…

Weather Forecast Favors a Colder Winter

Posted on November 28, 2016

The 2015-2016 heating season was very mild. Weekly heating degree days (HDD…

‘Green Banks’ Can Be Strong Facilitators, Report Says

Posted on October 17, 2016

As state governments look for ways to encourage investment in clean energy …

Take Control of Product Costs

Posted on October 17, 2016

When John “Mac” MacKenna, the impetuous and enthusiastic editor of Oil & En…

Finance Program Could Cut Energy Costs

Posted on September 19, 2016

Energy efficiency advocates typically refer to efficiency as “the lowest co…

Taking Control of Credit Card Costs

Posted on September 19, 2016

Fuel companies can save a lot on processing fees when customers pay their b…

Italy’s Banking Crisis Is a Looming Threat

Posted on August 15, 2016

About two months ago, markets were shocked to see the United Kingdom vote t…

Jobs Report Raises Doubts About U.S. Economy

Posted on July 15, 2016

At the beginning of June, the Labor Department released a shockingly bad no…

Saudi Arabia Damages OPEC’s Credibility

Posted on June 10, 2016

In late 2014, Saudi Arabia, and therefore OPEC, opted to maintain and even …

Know Your Risk Tolerance

Posted on May 10, 2016

Risk tolerance is the amount of margin you’re willing to put at risk for pr…

AFC First Merges With Renew Financial

Posted on May 10, 2016

A Pennsylvania-based finance company that serves the residential heating an…

Dynamics of Supply, Production and Inventory Are in Play

Posted on May 10, 2016

At the time of this writing in early April, a meeting of the Organization o…

Risk Spectrum Has New Look

Posted on April 13, 2016

Price volatility is a concern that never goes away for energy marketers. Ri…

Signs Emerge of an Oil Recovery

Posted on April 12, 2016

Many oil market observers are wondering if the current price slide of almos…

Eliminating Crude Oil Overproduction

Posted on March 10, 2016

It’s well known that in response to the U.S. shale oil boom, OPEC (more spe…

Mild Start Pumps Up Inventories

Posted on February 11, 2016

Residential heating oil prices on the East Coast averaged 78.5 cents weaker…

Rebalancing Oil Supply and Demand

Posted on January 7, 2016

Two primary factors that have been moving the oil markets over the last yea…

Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates This Year?

Posted on December 10, 2015

If you sell a dollar-denominated commodity, as oil product retailers do, yo…

Challenges to the Northeast Supply Picture

Posted on November 6, 2015

The home heating oil market in the U.S. Northeast has, much like gasoline n…

Overt Signs Suggest That China Is Faltering

Posted on October 20, 2015

It is generally acknowledged that the two biggest contributors to the curre…

Account Updater Improves Credit Card Relations

Posted on September 14, 2015

Premium Account Updater service retrieves new card information automaticall…

Is OPEC’s Strategy Working?

Posted on September 14, 2015

Oil glut is pressuring producers, but demand rally is nowhere in sight

Preparing for EMV ‘Smart’ Credit Cards

Posted on August 11, 2015

Energy marketers come to terms with new rules regarding liability

EIA Inventory Numbers Tell a Story

Posted on August 6, 2015

High production levels bode well for season ahead

Pondering the Numbers

Posted on July 6, 2015

Even in summer, marketers can appreciate some thought-provoking data

Has OPEC Misjudged Shale Oil?

Posted on June 1, 2015

Producers can flex to meet demand surges

Proceed With Program Offers, or Wait?

Posted on May 18, 2015

Many factors are in play that could send prices up or down

How Deflation Impacts Heating Oil Retailers

Posted on March 6, 2015

Falling oil prices increase disposable income but also kill jobs

Are Prices at No-Brainer Level Yet?

Posted on January 30, 2015

Can dealers capitalize on low prices?

Price Plunge Puts Volatility Back in Play

Posted on December 31, 2014

Low prices could last, but hedging is a prudent strategy in the face of con…

Greater Clarity in Just 30 Minutes

Posted on December 31, 2014

Use these simple metrics to evaluate your company’s financial health

When a Check Bounces…

Posted on December 12, 2014

…Collectors are ready to step in

Who Is Opposed to Lower Oil Prices?

Posted on December 12, 2014

No doubt consumers are delighted with falling oil prices. It’s a windfall o…

Unintended Consequences and Other Unexpected Outcomes

Posted on October 31, 2014

Account executives working for Hedge Solutions routinely provide informatio…

Predicting Winter Price Trends

Posted on October 8, 2014

What are prices going to do this winter? This time of year it’s always one …

Think You Know Your Margins?

Posted on September 5, 2014

What are you doing with all that data you are mining these days? Modeling y…

It’s a Boutique Fuel World

Posted on July 24, 2014

As we transition from traditional heating oil towards ultra-low sulfur dies…

Check or Credit Card?

Posted on June 19, 2014

Credit card payments pay a vital role in most retail energy sales and home …

Data Security as a Strategic Advantage

Posted on June 19, 2014

The high-profile credit card security breaches at major U.S. retailers over…

More Essentials of Price Risk Management

Posted on June 19, 2014

Last month, I put forth some essentials of price risk management and hedgin…

The Essentials of Price Risk Management

Posted on May 30, 2014

Recently, at the Atlantic Region Energy Expo, I ran into an acquaintance wh…

Fixed Differential Could Be a Game Changer

Posted on May 9, 2014

While many dealers and customers are still recovering from the long winter …

Hedging in an Uncertain World

Posted on April 9, 2014

On the heels of the coldest winter in years, marketers face a fresh set of …

Reducing Stings for Marketers, Customers

Posted on April 9, 2014

And so it began. From tulip mania in the 1600s in Europe to soft commoditie…

Extreme Conditions Expose Basis Risk

Posted on March 7, 2014

Rack prices of heating oil pulled higher and higher away from the spot NYME…

Holding Onto a Margin Spike

Posted on March 3, 2014

Price volatility is typically regarded as a problem for heating oil retaile…

Why the Cash Crunch?

Posted on February 27, 2014

To overcome liquidity challenges, address the underlying problems

Short-Term Options Can Provide an Edge

Posted on February 27, 2014

It’s finally that time of year, the time we wait all summer for, when the w…

Revamp Your Receivables

Posted on December 13, 2013

AROUND FOUR YEARS AGO, SOS XTREME Comfort, of Tuxedo Park, N.Y., decided to…

Hedging Against Fixed Price Contract Defaults

Posted on December 13, 2013

U. S. markets, in particular the stock markets and petroleum markets, have,…

Hedging Guidance Adds Valuable Perspective

Posted on November 1, 2013

When Mobil Oil transferred me to New England in the early ‘90s to work in t…

Make Your Numbers Count

Posted on November 1, 2013

Does it feel like the margin for error in your business keeps getting small…

Credit Card Surcharging Now Permitted

Posted on November 1, 2013

Have you ever been into a store with a sign reading “cash only” or “$10 min…

Hedge Insite Helps Fuel Marketers See Ahead

Posted on November 1, 2013

Hedge Insite is a risk management tool that helps fuel marketers peer into …

Five Reasons to Work With a Financial Advisor

Posted on November 1, 2013

Old habits die hard.” For better or worse, this well-worn phrase applies to…

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