The oil industry and more specifically the oil companies are in a new world now, totally supported by high debt. It’s been building for years, but now it’s finally affecting the dividends. Going forward, its a new world for oil companies. Buyer beware!
Let’s look at where the gains of the “recovery” were concentrated: in the hands of the few in the top .5%. This chart depicts the unprecedented concentration of income gains in the very apex of the wealth-power pyramid. Needless to say, very little trickled down to the bottom 90%, and even the top 9.5% received mere crumbs.
Total returns for September Asset Performance…
Taking a step back, for Q3, the big winners during the quarter were commodities and EM markets. Of the top ten in local currency terms, seven fit one of these categories including the Bovespa (+18%), Brent (+15%), Micex (+14%), WTI (+12%), Copper (+10%), MSCI EM Equities (+8%) and the Shanghai Comp (+6%). The FTSE MIB (+11%), Hang Seng (+9%) and Portugal General (+6%) round out the other three places.