Global Outlook: Oil Production & Consumption
This Friday, March 29th, will mark the launch date of the world’s first financially settled Trucking Freight Futures market. The market will be a partnership between Nodal Exchange, FreightWaves and DAT. The goal of this newly created market is to provide a way for carriers, shippers and 3PL providers to hedge their financial exposure to truckload spot rate volatility. According to Craig Fuller, CEO of FreightWaves “Nearly every industry with a commoditized product benefits from a futures market – except for trucking.” However, the questions posed are “why now?” and “if Trucking Freight Futures are such a good idea, then why hasn’t anyone done it before?” The answer is two-fold.
This week the U.S. was not only faced with a polar vortex but the price of oil is on track for short-term gains with a possible spike in prices we saw last November. There are a few contributing factors to the recent boost that are highlighted below.
Come this time next week, 2018 will be in the rear-view mirror and we will be looking ahead to what 2019 has to offer us. Before we officially close that book, let us look back at the roller coaster of a year that the oil markets has endured. A bit of a reminder that no one can really predict what is to come.