BofA: The Oil Crash Is Kicking Off One of the Largest Wealth Transfers in Human History A $3 trillion shift.

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Economists are still hotly debating whether the oil crash has been a net positive for advanced economies.

Optimists argue that cheap oil is a good thing for consumers and commodity-sensitive businesses, while pessimists point to the hit to energy-related investment and possible spillover into the financial system.

A new note from Francisco Blanch at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, however, puts the oil move into a much bigger perspective, arguing that a sustained price plunge “will push back $3 trillion a year from oil producers to global consumers, setting the stage for one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.”

Blanch and his team already see evidence that the fall in the price of crude is having a positive impact on demand, and say that it could accelerate even further if prices don’t pick up.

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  1. Only 2% of the amount of oil being speculated on is physical oil being traded.

    98% is speculation on derivatives and all that other crap that made Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae etc. crash in 2007.

    Forgot the source but it was credible.

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