Oil prices have been coming down since the middle of this year. There are several reasons for the same, as I explained in a piece yesterday. One reason being suggested is that it is in the interest of both the United States as well as Saudi Arabia that oil prices go lower than they currently are. Further, these countries might even be colluding to ensure that oil prices are driven lower.
Before we get into the details, it is important to discuss some history here. At the end of the Second World War, the American President Franklin Roosevelt realised that a regular supply of oil was very important for the well being of America and the evolving American way of life. He travelled quietly to USS Quincy, a ship anchored in the Red Sea. Here he was met by King Ibn Sa’ud of Saudi Arabia, which was…
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