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Prices for liquefied natural gas in Asia reached their highest since October

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Prices for liquefied natural gas on the spot market in Asia rose 20 percent between Nov. 16 and 23 and reached the highest level since early October, Bloomberg reported, citing traders.

“The Japan-Korea LNG index, the benchmark for LNG in North Asia, jumped 20 percent for the week to $34.24 per million British thermal units,” the report said.

The jump in prices for LNG in Asia came amid traders’ concerns over possible supply cuts due to disruptions in production at a key plant in the United States and the onset of colder weather in Europe at the start of the winter heating season. In this situation, Asia’s fuel supply could also be at risk, the article specifies.

“While North Asian LNG importers such as Japan and China are optimistic that they have secured enough fuel for the winter, supplies remain limited, and a sudden cold snap in those countries could quickly deplete supplies,” the note states.

On Nov. 21, Bloomberg, citing a forecast from Japan’s Ministry of Commerce, reported that many companies around the world will have trouble buying liquefied natural gas (LNG) because of sold-out long-term contracts through 2026. Meanwhile, a lack of investment in LNG export capacity will only exacerbate the global fuel shortage.

Earlier we reported that the French Energy Ministry pointed to the risk of permanently losing some markets due to the energy crisis.

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Oil Russia ban news: Russia will ban the sale of its oil to countries that have imposed a price ceiling

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Will Russia sell oil to Europe? The administration of President Vladimir Putin is preparing an order prohibiting Russian companies and any trader from buying Russian oil to sell raw materials to countries and companies that have imposed a price ceiling on Moscow. Bloomberg news agency wrote this, citing a report from sources.

“The Kremlin is preparing a presidential decree banning Russian companies and any traders buying national oil from selling it to anyone who participates in the price ceiling,” the publication wrote.

According to the newspaper’s interlocutors, this would prohibit any mention of the price ceiling in contracts for Russian crude, as well as transferring it to countries that have joined the price ceiling for the natural resource.

In the first half of September, the press service of the US Treasury Department said that the USA, together with its allies from G7 (Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, France and Japan) and the European Union (EU) would impose a ban on marine transportation of Russian oil on December 5 and oil products – on February 5.

Earlier we reported that EU negotiations on limiting the prices of Russian oil reached a deadlock today.

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EU talks on restrictions on Russian crude oil prices today stalled

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Negotiations between the European Union countries about the “ceiling” of Russian crude oil prices today reached an impasse; Bloomberg reported, according to its sources.

Representatives of the bloc cannot reach an agreement on the ceiling price of Russian oil. According to the agency, the proposed European Commission limit of $65-70 per barrel, Poland and the Baltic countries believe “too generous,” while Greece and Malta, which is actively engaged in transporting fuel, do not want the limit to fall below $ 70. Recall that the Russian response to the oil price cap was negative. The Russian government has officially said that it will only sell oil at market prices.

“We are looking for ways to make this solution work and we are trying to find a common ground to implement it in a perfectly pragmatic and efficient way, while avoiding that it may cause excessive inconvenience to the European Union,” said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Earlier, we reported that the SEC fined Goldman Sachs $4 million for non-compliance with ESG fund principles.

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More than 50% of Germans said they had given up shopping for new clothes and electronics. Is Germany’s economy failing?

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Die Welt newspaper cited a survey by the consulting company EY and said that about 56% of Germans who took part in the survey said that they had practically refused to buy new clothes.

Also, 56% of German consumers reported that they now refrain from buying televisions, smartphones, laptops and game consoles. Also, nearly one in two now uses less gasoline, and one in four said they are saving on medications.

What caused the economic crisis in Germany? The main reason is the war in Ukraine and the resulting sanctions by the EU. Also, every second respondent reported that at the moment he could buy only the essentials. According to EY analysts, German households plan to further reduce spending in the coming months. In particular, they plan to save money on food delivery and entertainment.

Earlier, we reported that prices for liquefied natural gas in Asia reached their highest since October.

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