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Londoners Cut House Prices to Lure Buyers in Slowing Market




London properties are taking longer to sell this month, despite a summer price cut by Londoners, as Brexit uncertainty compounds the dampening effect of the holiday season.

Homes in the U.K. capital are staying on the market for five days more than in May, the month before Britons voted to leave the European Union, property website Rightmove Plc said in a report published Monday.

To encourage buyers, owners of inner-London homes cut asking prices by 3.6 percent from July to an average of 784,494 pounds ($1 million); districts further out saw values drop 1.5 percent. It leaves London overall up 2.1 percent on the year, one the slowest growth rates of any U.K. region.

The average price in Westminster, home to many of Britain’s priciest properties, was nearly a quarter lower than in August last year at 1.63 million pounds, while in commuter-heavy Waltham Forest prices rose 14 percent to 475,662 pounds.

“Owners of more highly priced properties tend to prioritize their holidays over putting their property up for sale, which gives some anomalies in average prices in the most expensive boroughs at this time of year,” said Rightmove Director Miles Shipside.

Across the country, prices fell 1.2 percent over the month — in line with the average summer dip of the last six years — but were still up 4.1 percent from a year earlier.

Pent-Up Demand

Rightmove said the summer lull was adding to the fallout from the Brexit vote and a slowdown in demand since a tax hike on investment homes took effect in April. Transactions were down by a fifth on the year, according to the survey, which was carried out between July 10 and Aug. 6.

Homeowners and prospective buyers received a boost this month when the Bank of England cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point to 0.25 percent, delivering immediate savings for millions of borrowers with adjustable-rate loans.

“There is pent-up demand,” said Shipside. “There are still hundreds of thousands of buyer enquiries every week. The latest interest-rate cut is making already cheap-to-borrow money even cheaper should act as an added boost to confidence.”

Falling Rents

In a separate survey published Monday, broker Countrywide Plc said annual rental-growth slowed across the U.K. in July as the stock of homes jumped by almost a quarter. In London, rents fell by 0.5 percent to an average 1,280 pounds a month, the first decline in six years.

The increase in the number of rental properties is partly due to landlords rushing to complete purchases before the stamp-duty increase kicked in, Countrywide said.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.


Communities in Delta State Shut OML30 Operates by Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd




The OML30 operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited in Delta State has been shut down by the host communities for failing to meet its obligations to the 112 host communities.

The host communities, led by its Management Committee/President Generals, had accused the company of gross indifference and failure in its obligations to the host communities despite several meetings and calls to ensure a peaceful resolution.

The station with a production capacity of 80,000 barrels per day and eight flow stations operates within the Ughelli area of Delta State.

The host communities specifically accused HEOSL of failure to pay the GMOU fund for the last two years despite mediation by the Delta State Government on May 18, 2020.

Also, the host communities accused HEOSL of ‘total stoppage of scholarship award and payment to host communities since 2016’.

The Chairman, Dr Harrison Oboghor and Secretary, Mr Ibuje Joseph that led the OML30 host communities explained to journalists on Monday that the host communities had resolved not to backpedal until all their demands were met.

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Crude Oil Recovers from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins



Oil Prices Recover from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins

Crude oil prices rose with other financial markets on Monday following a 4 percent decline on Friday.

This was after Joe Biden, the former Vice-President and now the President-elect won the race to the White House.

Global benchmark oil, Brent crude oil, gained $1.06 or 2.7 percent to $40.51 per barrel on Monday while the U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained $1.07 or 2.9 percent to $38.21 per barrel.

On Friday, Brent crude oil declined by 4 percent as global uncertainty surged amid unclear US election and a series of negative comments from President Trump. However, on Saturday when it became clear that Joe Biden has won, global financial markets rebounded in anticipation of additional stimulus given Biden’s position on economic growth and recovery.

Trading this morning has a risk-on flavor, reflecting increasing confidence that Joe Biden will occupy the White House, but the Republican Party will retain control of the Senate,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.

“The outcome is ideal from a market point of view. Neither party controls the Congress, so both trade wars and higher taxes are largely off the agenda.”

The president-elect and his team are now working on mitigating the risk of COVID-19, grow the world’s largest economy by protecting small businesses and the middle class that is the backbone of the American economy.

There will be some repercussions further down the road,” said OCBC’s economist Howie Lee, raising the possibility of lockdowns in the United States under Biden.

“Either you’re crimping energy demand or consumption behavior.”

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Nigeria, Other OPEC Members Oil Revenue to Hit 18 Year Low in 2020




Revenue of OPEC Members to Drop to 18 Year Low in 2020

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) has predicted that the oil revenue of members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will decline to 18-year low in 2020.

EIA said their combined oil export revenue will plunge to its lowest level since 2002. It proceeded to put a value to the projection by saying members of the oil cartel would earn around $323 billion in net oil export in 2020.

If realised, this forecast revenue would be the lowest in 18 years. Lower crude oil prices and lower export volumes drive this expected decrease in export revenues,” it said.

The oil expert based its projection on weak global oil demand and low oil prices because of COVID-19.

It said this coupled with production cuts by OPEC members in recent months will impact net revenue of the cartel in 2020.

It said, “OPEC earned an estimated $595bn in net oil export revenues in 2019, less than half of the estimated record high of $1.2tn, which was earned in 2012.

“Continued declines in revenue in 2020 could be detrimental to member countries’ fiscal budgets, which rely heavily on revenues from oil sales to import goods, fund social programmes, and support public services.”

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