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Winds of Change: Vietnam’s Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

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Vietnam is harnessing a grassroots desire for green energy to enact a slow but steady transition away from coal-based electricity generation.

Global Forecast (7-26-2021)

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A possible turning point in the post-COVID economic recovery, Brazil’s defense ministry muses on cancelling next year’s election, and the Taliban takes ownership of nearly all of Afghanistan’s borders.

Strategic Commodities 2.0: Global Tin Supply & Demand

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Green technologies are expected to create a surge in global tin demand, but Western companies may encounter supply challenges amid the outsize market weight of Asian producers.

US and Germany Reach a Deal on Nord Stream 2

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Ultimately, this zero-sum decision between two US allies was hardly a Sophie’s choice.

Supply Pinch Sustains Record Iron Prices

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Moves by Beijing to cool iron prices can only go so far against a backdrop of lingering supply shortfalls.

Record Northwest Drought Imperils US Wheat Crop

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Wheat farmers in Washington, Montana, and Idaho stand to suffer as global prices tick upward on supply concerns.

US Federal Reserve Balance Sheet Exceeds $8 Trillion Mark

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The Federal Reserve balance sheet just hit $8.1 trillion, roughly the size of the economies of Japan and Germany combined.

ECB Sets New Inflation Target in Rare Strategy Overhaul

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Either the target or the loose monetary policy had to go. In the end it was the target.

Farmers Braced for Water Shortages as Reservoirs Dry Up in Mexico

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Decades of overconsumption has been exacerbated by acute drought, and the result is a brewing water crisis in Mexico.

Global Forecast (7-5-2021)

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Famine descends on Ethiopia’s Tigray region, OPEC+ attempts to thresh out a production hike, and tensions mount along India and China’s shared Himalayan border.

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