Oil price lost 44% of its value late last year. That price collapse was a signal to tight oil companies to stop over-producing. The message will be repeated until action results. From October 3 to December 24 2018, WTI fell from $76.41 to $42.53 (Figure 1). Figure 1. The oil-price collapse of 2018. Source: Quandl and Labyrinth Consulting Services, Inc. Since then, WTI has recovered to nearly $60/barrel and Brent to about $68. Market observers seem to have largely forgotten the scale of price collapse just a few months ago. Although the magnitude of that collapse was not as great as in 2014-2015, the rate of decline was greater. That is because it occurred more quickly. In 2018, WTI price fell an average of -$0.42 per day for 81 days. In 2014-2015, it fell -$0.29 per day for 218 days (Figure 2). Figure 2. Rate of price collapse in […]