Monday, August 11, 2008

Gas at the Pump

A HingeFire survey early this summer asked readers about the projected price of gas at the pump on August 1st. The results showed the following:

Over $4.50 23%
Between $4.00 and $4.50 43%
Between $3.50 and $4.00 17%
Between $3.00 and $3.50 13%
Below $3.00 2%

The actual nationwide average price was $3.84 at the beginning of August. Congrats to the 17% who selected the $3.50 to $4.00 price range (I actually believed it would be above $4.00).

The good news for consumers at the pump is that it appears that the short term speculative bubble associated with oil has burst over the past couple of weeks. This will help both the market and your wallet when filling up the tank. As a note, 68% of readers in the most recent HingeFire survey believed that oil was in a speculative bubble. At this point, many analysts would say this perspective is correct.