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Most market participants agree that the global economy is recovering, but chances are that some are expecting a recovery that is too strong for the current circumstances.

As investors judge that the global economy is improving, more short positions are taken against the dollar and treasuries, while long positions are build in the commodity market. This has made commodities such as gold, oil and copper enter into a real bull market.

However, TheLFB-Forex.com Trade Desk has stated over the last period, that the strong rise in crude oil threatens to dampen the economic recovery even before it happens. Oil is known to have a strong link with the world’s GDP, since in order for the global economy to develop, it needs an energy source. Unfortunately, oil is the only viable energy source available right now, despite its large list of detriments. 

Academic studies have shown that a 10% increase in crude’s price can reduce the global output by 0.5%, by its direct effect on inflation, consumption and unemployment. During the December to February period, crude oil prices averaged $45 a barrel, while in March and April, the average price rose to around $50 per barrel. The gains seen in the crude oil market over the two periods dampened the global output by around 0.5%, since crude oil’s prices rose a little more than 10%. 

However, nowadays crude oil is trading at $65 per barrel, which represents a 45% gain from the December-February period, and a 30% gain from the March to April episode. Translated, it would mean that if crude oil averages $65 a barrel in the coming months, as it trades right now, the world GDP will be slowed by full percentage points over the next few quarters. 

This does not look to good, since the latest forecasts of the International Monetary Funds point out that the global economy will contract 1.3% in 2009, while it slowly recovers by 2010. Strong gains in the crude oil market, or strong volatility, have the potential to further delay the recovery period, or in an extreme case, crude oil can send the global economy back to the contraction phase.

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