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Slower demand growth and an abundance of supply will limit gains in oil prices over the long-term, which strategists at Capital Economics think will ultimately prevent oil from featuring in the next commodity supercycle.

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“While we don’t think that we are on the cusp of another commodity supercycle, we doubt that oil prices would outperform other commodities in the next one – whenever it may be – for two key reasons.

“The transition to green energy will lead to a structural decline in oil consumption. We expect that global oil demand will peak in around 2030 and fall continuously thereafter.”  

“A greater uptake of EVs would boost metals demand and prices meaning that – if anything – metals will probably be the key beneficiary of any future commodity supercycle.”

“We think that an abundance of oil supply will place further downward pressure on oil prices. The greater flexibility of US shale production and the desire by many oil producers, particularly in OPEC+, to avoid their reserves being left untapped means that the world will soon be awash with oil. By contrast, metals mine supply involves much longer lead times, suffers from dwindling ore quality and production can’t be ramped up as quickly.”