Why a small dip in the oil price matters an awful lot

By Phillip Inman

After a mini rally, oil prices are falling again. From $62 a barrel 10 days ago, Brent crude has slipped to $58.43 on Tuesday.

It may not seem like much of a cut after the collapse in world oil prices that sent Brent tumbling from $115 to $45 a barrel between last June and January, but it is still significant.

The reason this turn in the price of oil matters can be seen in every corner of the world economy: when fear of a new cold war or a eurozone break-up hangs over every corporate and government decision, cheap energy lightens the load.



By Daniel Foster (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)