When you think of Hugo Chavez, you really have to think of the price of oil because oil put him in power and kept him there. Chavez was swept into power because, among other reasons, the low cost of oil.
So much for Federal Reserve transparency, it is very clear after the release of the Fed minutes that the Federal Reserve either misled the market after the last Fed meeting or there is something more sinister going on.
Is it any wonder that even the IEA lowed its global oil demand forecast for 2012 and 2013 by 300,000 to 400,000 barrels a day? The IEA says 2013 oil demand growth at 0.8 million barrels a day down from 1 million barrels a day.