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Copper: time to be taken seriously

Alexander Le Grys After a brilliant year for copper, 2018 so far has not matched the upward trend experienced in 2017. On 28th December copper reached its highest price in almost 4 years, and a 30% increment on the previous year. Copper has had a poorer performance in January though, sinking below $7,000 a tonne… Read more »

If the cryptocurrency bubble bursts, could gold once again be king?

Rajinder Dhesi Bitcoin is undergoing a steep decline in value; last week, the leading cryptocurrency lost 50% of its value compared to its 2017 peak ($19,783 on December 17th). The wider cryptocurrency market has been bearish, with Ethereum, Ripple and Litecoin all experiencing double-digit losses compared to their peak values last year. Meanwhile, gold is… Read more »

Is rising inequality restraining Indian growth?

Harry Jones The World Inequality Report 2018 has raised concerns over the prospects for the Indian economy. The report presents an overview of inequality worldwide, showing that inequality has been rising in most regions, but with different magnitudes. Indian figures appear to be the most worrying, especially with the increase in the share of income… Read more »

2018: Oil Market Optimism

Shawn Lim Last year saw the surprise increase in oil prices where the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures broke the $60 barrier in December 2017 and continued to increase ending at $66.15 a barrel on January 25th 2018. Similarly, the benchmark of Brent Crude finally hit the magical $70 mark on January 15th 2018… Read more »

The future of investing in Zimbabwe

Danielle Cuaycong When Robert Mugabe stepped down as President of Zimbabwe in 2017 after an extraordinarily long four decades, people turned to the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa (nicknamed “the Crocodile”) in the hope that he would help recuperate the diminishing finances, reduce corruption and increase foreign investment in a country that once boasted massive potential…. Read more »

India’s promising outlook for 2018

Oliver Dyson After a slowdown in growth in 2016 resulting from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial demonetisation program, 2017 (and indeed the 2018 forecasts) looks promising for Asia’s third largest economy. Amidst global GDP growth of 3.7%, India is expected to achieve growth of 7.4% in 2018, placing it as the fastest growing emerging market… Read more »

Outlook for 2018

Jonathan Eng This week’s article will focus on some market expectations and key themes to look out for in 2018. Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research predict a macro bullish year so much so that they are ultimately bearish as investors seek to rein in after a prolonged period of growth. Global economic growth… Read more »

The Looming Menace of MiFID II

Guy Mitchell While the New Year is set to be a joyous occasion for many, there’s an ominous shadow looming in the minds of Europe’s finance professionals. The second iteration of 2004’s Markets In Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) rolls out on January 3rd 2018, much to the chagrin of a woefully underprepared financial services industry…. Read more »