US

Asia

Energy sector at risk from U.S.-China flashpoints

The increasing geopolitical rivalry between the U.S. and China has more than a 50% chance of spilling over into some form of military confrontation in the year ahead. This could involve threats, posturing, or the actual use of force, as well as have serious implications for energy companies and markets.

North Sea

North Sea oil gets a jolt from Asian demand

North Sea oil prices are finally strengthening, catching up with other markets that already rallied on the back of rising buying interest from Asia, where demand in many places has already recovered from Covid-19.

Opinion

Trump’s Iran policy can be an opportunity for Biden

The next U.S. president will have to come to terms with “the will of the Iranian people” and end the economic war against the Islamic Republic, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech Thursday. Bluster aside, there is a kernel of truth to his prediction — and President Donald Trump’s Iran policy may make negotiations easier for President-elect Joe Biden.

Americas

What’s ahead under President Biden, industry by industry

Now that the campaigning is over, the work begins for Joe Biden to start making good on the policy changes he promised. Here’s a breakdown of how a Biden presidency may affect some two dozen U.S. industries and what might rise to the top of his agenda as he takes over from Donald Trump in January. A few giant tech companies -- practically industries unto themselves -- are included for good measure.