Emerging Markets

The Chinese house of cards by Joshua Lee

As the world’s second-largest economy is currently experiencing its slowest growth in 28 years, there are fresh concerns over the recent underperformance of Chinese real estate markets, with analysts anticipating further deterioration unaided by a tougher lending environment and international trade tensions. Real estate accounts for approximately 25 per cent of China’s GDP and is…

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China’s Debt Bomb by Alexander Le-Grys

China’s debt has now become one of the most concerning macroeconomic matters entering 2019. It has been one of the hot topics of debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos this week. China’s $34 trillion worth of public and private debt has become a time-bomb with implications for the global economy. Chinese debt has…

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The Future of African Integration by Ethan Bradshaw

With the U.S. president launching a trade war with China and the UK voting to leave a single market of over 500 million people, the apparent eagerness of African leaders to embrace free trade is certainly discernible. With 49 countries being prospective members of an African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA), the prospect that Africa…

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Venezuela – The Collapse of an Emerging Giant by Eduardo Zardo

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro secured another six-year term last May in an election widely perceived as fraudulent. Only two weeks after the presidential election, a young opposition leader called Juan Guiadó declared himself Venezuela’s interim president on a day of massive anti-government protest. The country that was once the strongest economy in Latin America with…

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The Modernisation of Saudi Arabia’s Economy. By Kusum Sull

Saudi Arabia’s competitive economic edge for the last several decades has undoubtedly been due to its vast oil reserves. However, as major economies continue to shift their focus towards more sustainable commodities, Saudi Arabia has recognised the need to modernise their own economy rightly so. Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman’s reforms to progress the Saudi…

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Brazilian Coffee: A Hot Future? By Bhawesh Vasnani

Brazil is responsible for a third of the world’s coffee, which makes the country the largest producer of the commodity. Coffee is the second most traded commodity (behind only crude oil), with the market valuation estimated to be near 100 billion dollars. Brazil’s coffee production levels highlight their importance on the world markets and their…

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The Emerging Winners and Losers in the U.S.-China Trade War, by Ethan Bradshaw

Trump’s increasingly aggressive, indiscriminate and arguably erroneous trade war with China shows no sign of cooling off. The U.S.’s last round of tariffs was imposed on $200bn worth of Chinese imports and China took little time to retaliate. This ongoing tit-for-tat provides little comfort to American importers, Chinese manufacturers and especially emerging Asian economies who…

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