Oil Prices Will Average Below $50 In 2021

Despite the recent progress in vaccine development, oil prices will continue to be subdued in the first half of next year, while oil prices will not average above $50 for the whole of 2021, the monthly Reuters poll of analysts showed on Monday.  The U.S. benchmark WTI Crude is set to average $46.40 per barrel next year, compared to $46.03 a barrel expected in the previous month’s poll, according to the survey of 40 economists and oil analysts.

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Natural Gas Demand Will Grow For Decades To Come

The “bridge fuel” narrative for natural gas is being replaced. Not so easily replaced, however, is the demand for natural gas. Natural gas—just a couple of years ago hailed as the fuel that will bridge the fossil fuel era and the renewable energy era—now finds itself the target of growing opposition and pressure from environmental groups and governments.

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Real Estate Must Become More Resilient

There is no denying that the number of natural disasters and their severity have increased over the years. Wildfires have burned more than four million acres in California in 2020, which is double the previous record of two million acres that was set in 2018. On the other side of the country, the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season has also broken multiple records.

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Indices of residential property prices: Q3 2020

According to data collected from credit institutions,(1) nominal apartment prices are estimated to have increased on average by 3.2% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2020. According to revised data, the increase in the first and second quarters of 2020 was 6.5% and 4.1% year-on-year respectively, while in 2019 nominal apartment prices increased on average by 7.2%.

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