Dallas Fed Cautions on Fresh Oil Bubble as Glut Keeps Building

Robert Kaplan heads the Dallas Federal Reserve, the anchor of the US shale belt

by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

The US Federal Reserve has warned that the world is awash with excess oil and starting to run out of places to store the glut, with no sustained recovery in sight for the oil industry until 2017 at the earliest.

Robert Kaplan, head of the Dallas Fed, poured cold water over talk of a fresh oil boom this year and said the US shale industry has taken far longer to cut output than many expected.

“As we sit here today, Dallas Fed economists estimate that global daily oil production exceeds daily consumption by more than 1m barrels per day,” he told the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum in London.

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