The day after crude oil prices rose almost 5% the dogma of the dollar versus oil inverse relationship has come to a screeching halt ahead of the most exciting FOMC meetings in a decade. As the Fed moves closer to raising interest rates and getting closer to a normalization of interest rate policy the correlation between the dollar and oil is breaking down.
Crude oil group OPEC agreed to stick by its policy of unconstrained output for another six months on Friday, setting aside warnings of a second lurch lower in prices as some members such as Iran look to ramp up exports.
As crude oil prices fall far below $100 a barrel, the trend is affecting the most oil-dependent economies in the world. You see, whether we're talking about a country or a company, having a "competitive advantage" is one of the most important principles.