There’s an inverse relationship between the US dollar and oil prices. Actually most commodities typically follow and inverse relationship with the value of the dollar. When the dollar strengthens against other major currencies, the prices of commodities typically drop. There are many reasons on why the US dollar has an impact on commodity prices, but one of the main reason is that the barrel of oil is price in US dollar. A weaker US dollar translates into a higher oil prices. I have obviously dumb down the example as it can get much more complex with so many other variables such as interest rates. Anyway I though this chart was pretty interesting, I decided to share it.
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Fact of the day: 1 barrel of oil = 158.987295 liters or 42 US gallons.