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What has become of North Sea oil?

Alexander Le Grys In the past two months, there has been a certain buoyancy in the oil market. Brent crude oil prices reached below the $70 mark for much of January. As a result, 2018 looked to be a promising year for many oil-producing countries, particularly those that are not members of the Organisation of…
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Pharma and biotech M&A activity to hit fresh highs in 2018

Hyesung Lim The year 2018 is set to be an M&A heavy one for the pharmaceutical industry, as companies look to boost drug portfolios, offset revenue declines from patent expiries, and compete with innovative rivals. The U.S. tax overhaul and repatriation of overseas cash is expected to inject billions into big pharma, boosting the incentive…
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Gold outlook for 2018

Veronika Tomilina The price of gold has fallen in recent weeks from highs of around $1360 towards the end of January. In this article I will discuss whether this downward trend will continue, and also consider the main factors that will influence gold price in 2018. 2018 is promising to have multiple rate hikes by…
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The Iran nuclear deal

Harry Jones In 2015, Iran signed a key nuclear deal with six major countries, the US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany. The six major countries agreed to lift some of the economic sanctions on Iran on the condition that Iran limited its nuclear energy programme. The fear was that this programme would be used…
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Stocks Slide as Bond Selloff Panic Sets In

Shawn Lim Companies such as Visa, Exxon, and Apple were amongst the biggest drops in the European and American stock markets that tumbled from record highs reached less than a month ago. On Tuesday 30th January, the pressure of the global bond market resonated across equity markets with US stocks sliding 0.8 percent in the…
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Hong Kong Equity Markets 101

Jonathan Eng With China seeking to establish itself as the next global hegemon and Trump’s ‘America First’ Policy continuing to rewind previous efforts for globalisation, perhaps it’s an opportune time to better understand what exactly is going on in the Oriental East. With China continually promoting its Belt and Road Initiative, the internationalisation of the…
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Macron’s Blooming Tech

Estia Ryan ‘Choose France’ was Macron’s memorable slogan at the World Economic Forum last week. ‘GAFAs’, the French name for FANGS, are looking to invest significantly in artificial intelligence with France making headway in becoming Europe’s next startup hub. It isn’t only the Web Giants that are responding to Macron’s policies; startups in Station F…
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Will Duterte lead the Philippines to economic success?

Danielle Cuaycong With the contentious drug issues in the Philippines capturing newspaper headlines across the world, it is natural to question the success of President Duterte’s regime. However, despite an array of discouraging foreign opinions on Duterte’s harsh words and political actions, he still remains significantly popular after a year in office with many stating…
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Is the ‘Putin List’ a real issue for Russia?

Ollie Dyson The USA’s recent release of the ‘oligarch list’, a treasury report on 210 of Russia’s richest and most influential businessmen (including details on their links to Putin) has sparked fresh worries of future sanctions. Indeed, there are already a multitude of American and EU-type restrictions on several Russian banks, and the western companies…
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Can solar energy power the world?

Veronika Tomilina There is a big shift currently towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels. Governments are introducing new legislation to reduce carbon emissions and providing significant subsidies for renewable energy production. In this article, I want to discuss the development and usage of solar panels. Just 254 km of solar panels in the…
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