Raiffeisen Bank International AG and Societe Generale SA, the European banks with most at stake in Russia, led European lenders lower as the ruble continued its slide today, defying a surprise rate increase.
The collapse in the price of oil is unmaking deflationary pressures and could cause a wave of defaults as the global economy and cause an environment where people are going to be less willing to lend money not just in the energy sector but across the economic spectrum. Not only are there growing supply side worries it is coupled with signs of weakening demand.
OPEC is all in and will continue to flood the globe with oil in an effort to bury the U.S. shale crude oil producer. OPEC will continue to produce over 30 million barrels a day adding to the globes 2 million barrel a day of overproduction.