Commodities

The US Federal Reserve Steps into the Spotlight

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With an expected rate cut and a rare liquidity intervention, the US Federal Reserve has been moving markets this week.

Draghi’s Parting Gift: ECB Turns the Stimulus Taps Back On

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Monetary stimulus has returned to Europe, and President Trump isn’t happy about it.

Privatization: A Panacea for the South Africa Economy?

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Privatization is often cited as a cure-all for South Africa’s lumbering state-owned sector. But any progress will be slow given the entrenched interests involved.

China Prepares to Launch Its Own Digital Currency

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Beijing is warming to the use of cryptocurrencies – but only on its own terms.

The Cyprus Issue and Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean

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New natural gas discoveries have left a divided Cyprus in the middle of a worsening geopolitical storm in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Senegal Surfs Offshore Winds to Power West Africa

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By developing renewable energy sources in a transparent manner, Senegal is positioning itself as an energy leader in West Africa.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

Germany Veers toward Recession in 3Q

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Amid trade wars and the uncertainty of Brexit, Europe’s economic engine has begun to sputter.

US-China Trade War and Iranian Oil: Market Disruptions Ahead?

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Risks are mounting on both the supply and demand side of global oil markets.

Trump, Carter, and the Folly of Trade Wars

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Unless President Trump heeds the lessons of the Carter administration, he’ll be doomed to repeat its failings at the ballot box.

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