Oil spot and futures prices

Authored by: Nikki Kantelis , Bradley T. Ewing

Routledge Handbook of Energy Economics

Print publication date:  September  2019
Online publication date:  September  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138208254
eBook ISBN: 9781315459653
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We review the history of oil spot and futures prices. Our review and analysis confirms the major findings related to the time series properties of real oil prices and we link some of the observed experiences to real-world events. Moreover, in light of recent oil market activity, we provide new insight regarding the relationship between real oil spot and futures prices and the exploration and development activity in the United States.

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