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Over-Paying At The Pump? Boost Speculator Margin Requirements

Forbes -- One of the key things I have learned in analyzing high gasoline prices over the last several years is that the rules of economics do not apply to gasoline prices in the way that I previously thought. Most of us are taught that price changes are a result of changes in the supply and demand for a commodity.

But it turns out that when you analyze changes in the supply and demand for oil, you end up concluding that the price of oil should be either unchanged or lower in 2012. Why? Simply put, the demand for oil is rising more slowly than the supply.

For example, in 2011, world oil demand crept up a mere 0.8% and that demand is expected to rise a mere 0.9% in 2012 to 89.9 million barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency.


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Submitted Apr 09, 2012 By: eromitlab
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dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2012 12:46:29 PM

As the article concludes, "For the sake of sustaining economic growth and giving people a chance to spend on something other than gasoline, it may be time for those exchanges to boost speculator margin requirements some more."
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Thank you for posting.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:50:59 AM

Crazy
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 9:20:23 AM

More to the oil market than just supply and demand
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If everyone stopped driving for a month, it might make a difference. But, it won't happen.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 1:02:12 AM

Over-Paying At The Pump, the Grocery Store, the Clinic? Reduce the Size of the Federal Government
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:52:29 AM

Gas prices are so high its killing millions of people and the 89 million out of work.. FOOD OR GAS FOR CAR? it must come down or inflation will be more out of control than the All time high this yr of 11% 3 times higher than the year before...
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:50:43 AM

financial blather from the world of MBAs
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:47:50 AM

interesting about margins.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:47:34 AM

ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:44:30 AM

Boosting margin requirements only means speculators will band together in groups to buy up contracts like mutual funds. And those groups will have a bigger influence on the market.
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Wall Street needs to make a profit on every working American's back. Just wrong since we bailed them out, now they are getting millions of dollars in bonuses from this.
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Require that delivery be taken on the contract.
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Make speculation illegal and take politics out of big oil.
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We have hammered this one in the ground, get over it.
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Time for a new story!
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i doubt it
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nothing works
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The Iran factor.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:21:54 AM

Blame the speculators and cheap money.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:19:41 AM

Regulate Oil Speculation = lower gas prices!!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:18:35 AM

simply put: it's called GREED..
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:15:22 AM

Overpaying at the pump happens after I spend more than $5.00 to fill up!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:15:19 AM

Ok....
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ok
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ok
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:11:24 AM

good article
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:11:21 AM

Get rid of the speculators.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:10:58 AM

No real excuse for these prices...
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boy could I go for a super-dooper triple decker sandwich...
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Ok
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:09:42 AM

Something everyone already knows but nobody wants to do anything about.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:09:03 AM

Great article!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:09:01 AM

All in all, a lousy situation.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:08:31 AM

Should have been done years ago.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:08:23 AM

it took this author a few years to learn this, its the speculators and subsidies to big oil, stupid.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:07:54 AM

change " economics " to " greed " .
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:07:53 AM

I used to say kill the lawyers but now I think Speculators would be a better target!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:07:31 AM

Make them take delivery.
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Whatever. The rich get richer and the poor have babies.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:06:47 AM

Speculator should get out of the gas market
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Frustrated!
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:05:30 AM

It's always the same, profit goes to speculator.
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:04:29 AM

if they want to speculate then they should be taxed straight off..big time
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:04:20 AM

I agree KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 12:03:14 AM

Ok.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 11:59:33 PM

This simple commonsense reality makes for a very interesting article.
Indeed there are many who have made their wealth betting on unrest and war to set prices on global commodities. As commodities, these things happen to be mundane necessities, like gasoline.
If these types were obliged to take delivery of the product, as working retailers do, my bet is gasoline prices would achieve stability at a reasonable cost for drivers.
My two (2) cents' worth.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 11:59:09 PM

Not much of this makes any sense any more.
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2012 11:57:28 PM

Overpriced due to fear of what could happen
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