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Allocation methodology of national climate budgets

While the Paris COP21 and the Marrakech COP22 have sent a strong signal as to the degree of commitment of the different stakeholders to the climate issue, there is still a long way to go. Indeed, much research has shown that the aggregation of commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions globally would result in […]

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Research Note|

The fiscal cost of the oil shock

The IMF has recently released its April 2015 Fiscal Monitor in which it analyses the fiscal impact of lower oil prices.
The April 2015 World Economic Outlook (Uneven Growth: Short- and Long-Term Factors) has already highlighted the impact of lower oil prices on global growth: “Relative to last year, the outlook for advanced economies is improving, […]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , |

Doha oil meeting ends without a deal to freeze production

Hopes on the part of investors, oil companies and oil exporting nations for a negotiated “freeze” in global output melted away on Sunday after 16 major petroleum producers meeting in Doha, Qatar failed to reach an agreement, possibly setting the stage for further weakness in crude oil prices.

Source:  The Washington Post, 2016/04/17

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Argentina’s return to markets several times subscribed

Latin American country ends a 15-year exile from the international debt market.

Source:  Financial Times, 2016/04/18

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Energy and mining investment

Capital investment in the energy and mining sectors contracted sharply in 2015 amid weaker commodity prices. Countries where energy and mining exports accounted for a larger share of GDP tended to experience weaker investment growth during 2014–15.

Source: IMF. World Economic Outlook. April 2016.

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: Graph Analysis|Tags: , |

Carbon pricing world map












Source: I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics. The Paris Agreement: a new international framework to facilitate the uptake of carbon pricing. April 2016.

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , |

Saudi Rating Cut for First Time at Fitchon Lower Oil Prices

The kingdom’s rating was lowered one level to AA-, the fourth-highest investment grade, the rating agency said on Tuesday. It maintained a negative outlook for the credit, signaling the possibility of more downgrades.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/04/12

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

IMF warns world economy growing too slowly

The “increasingly disappointing” world economy is facing the threat of a “synchronised slowdown” and mounting risks including another bout of financial market turmoil and a political backlash against globalisation, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

Source:  FT, 2016/04/12

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

German debt ratio sinking despite higher state spending

Solid growth and record employment will allow Germany to abide by EU debts rules sooner than forecast while still hiking overall state spending by five percent each year, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.

Source:  Daily Mail, 2016/04/13

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

IMF: Public Debt at Highest Point in 70-plus Years

Public debt has soared throughout the world’s advanced economies to the highest levels since World War II, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday, with many governments facing weak growth and declining prices for such commodities as oil and metals.

Source:  Voice of America, 2016/04/13

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |