Natural Resources

Uncertainty in the Soybean Markets by Bhawesh Vasnani

The top 5 soybean produces in the world are Brazil, The United States of America, Argentina, Paraguay, and Canada. The top three producers of soybean are all going through several domestic issues which will inevitably have a knock-on effect upon soybean futures. A demand surge in soybean can also be predicted using data and analysing…

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Shale Band Theory: Fact or Fiction? By William Hawthorne

Prior to the U.S. shale oil revolution – which caused total U.S. oil production to increase from 5.1 MMbd in 2011 to 8.3 MMbd in 2014 – there was only one stabilizing force: OPEC. Before this, most non-OPEC oil production fell into one of two categories: major offshore projects and mature onshore wells. These supply…

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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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Oil and South Sudan’s Economic Recovery. By Ethan Bradshaw

The economy of Africa’s youngest country, mired in a history of unrest, is one of the world’s most underdeveloped. Insignificant infrastructure and an adult literacy rate of 27% provide little hope for South Sudan’s prospects of becoming an emerging economy of the future. However, increasing interest in the nation’s oil productivity potential means that the…

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El Niño: Could early Soybean harvests prolong the Sino-US trade war? By Azman Rahman

As November briskly reaches its conclusion, the latest round of trade negotiations between the United States and China will soon commence. In two-week’s time (November 30th-December 1st), the leaders of the world’s largest economies will gather together in Buenos Aires, Argentina to partake in the G20 summit. Though previous negotiations have been largely unsuccessful, many…

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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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Glencore: An outlook for the world’s largest commodity producer

Rajinder Dhesi This week the commodities giant Glencore announced pre-tax earnings of $14.7 billion for 2017, a 44% rise compared to the previous twelve-month period. Its share price has subsequently risen by up 22% to 399.3 pence (21st February 2018). There are several reasons for this strong performance. First, and perhaps most significantly, the renewable…

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The digital Gold Standard?

Richard Holland Amongst the backdrop of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, a London-based FinTech company has teamed up with Lloyds Banking Group and MasterCard to bring the world’s oldest currency back into the digital age: gold. In November 2017, Glint launched its multi-currency account, app and card that allows customers to use gold to buy goods and…

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