Market Report

Scottish Power’s renewable shift by Chantelle Popat

Scottish power recently announced that it will shift its entire operations to wind power after agreeing to sell nearly 2.6 GW of gas, hydro and pumped storage plants to a subsidiary of Drax for £702m. The move comes in succession to the firm’s closure of Longannet, Scotland’s last coal-fired power station, back in 2016. This…

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The Oil Crisis of Iran by Bhawesh Vasnani

From November 4th onwards, Donald Trump expects all nations to cut their oil imports from Iran. The announcement has generated uncertainty in the markets, which is reflected through the recent slump in the WTI-Crude index. Oil exports are crucial to Iran; they are the largest supplier of oil to many developing nations such as India and China, and crude oil and natural…

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An EV mainstream – what are the key inhibitors? By Azman Rahman

The recent tone of oil market has largely been defined by the United States’ headstrong 2018 rendition of foreign policy. With the eclipse of the looming November 4th deadline marking the end of the 180 day revival period of pre-JCPOA sanctions on Iran, the release of importation waivers to 8 oil importing countries and the seeming end to…

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High Time for European Pharmaceuticals: Changing Medical-Cannabis Regulation by Estia Ryan

Six new countries have announced medical legalization in 2018 alone. This now means 22 countries in the region allow cannabis-derived medicines. The boundaries between legal and illegal drugs are usually quite blurred – and any changes in the regulatory landscape should excite investors. Earlier this summer, Sajid Javid relaxed UK rules concerning cannabis-derived medicines after…

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NHS: How much will Brexit cost us? By Aram Andreasyan

At the most recent National Cancer Research Institute Conference, Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon, the fifth and current First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party, stated that the chances of Brexit having harmful impacts on healthcare services of the UK are very high. Mrs Sturgeon urges the government to “come clean” regarding the…

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China’s True Bargaining Power by Kusum Sull

As the tensions of the U.S.-Sino trade war continue to impact China’s economic slowdown, positive trade talks are more necessary than ever for both the U.S. and China, albeit for China more so than the United States. China’s weaker performance in equities suggests that it has faced a greater negative impact than the U.S. has.…

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 Divergent Forecasts – Uncertainties in Brazil’s Post-Election Scenario by Eduardo Zardo

Brazil’s recent presidential election was marked by a stark opposition from Brazil’s left-wing party, the Worker’s Party, against the far-right candidate and newly elected president Jair Bolsonaro, whose victory ended the Worker’s Party’s fourteen years in power. Mr Bolsonaro took intolerant stances on social issues throughout his political career and during the campaign; his proposals…

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