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    The old adage that “necessity is the mother of invention” is proving true in the independent E&P oil sector. Faced with low oil prices, independent oil producers are introducing oil price “optionality” into their crude oil sales contracts. Crude producers reeling from low prices are...

    I have tried really hard over the last few months not to be the old bore saying to the young traders: “Call this a price slump? Now 1986, there was a price slump.” But there are some intriguing facets to the current oil price kaleidoscope...

    At the individual field level, the timing of the oil price collapse has in many cases compounded its overall impact. Prices started to fall at the beginning of 4Q 2014 just as joint venture partners all around the world got together to agree budgets for...