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Argentina flags up risks ahead of bond sale

Marketing documents for Argentina’s multibilliondollar bond sale underscored its fraught relationship with creditors and history of default, as the country prepared investors for an offering as soon as next week.

Source:  FT, 2016/04/12

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Olivier Blanchard eyes ugly ‘end game’ for Japan on debt spiral

Japan is heading for a full-blown solvency crisis as the country runs out of local investors and may ultimately be forced to inflate away its debt in a desperate end-game, one of the world’s most influential economists has warned.

Source:  The Telegraph, 2016/04/11

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Argentina aims for $5 bln investment in renewable energy by 2018

Argentina aims to rake in $5 billion in investments in renewable energy by 2018 with the goal of reducing its energy deficit, a government official told Reuters, as hopes for near-term increased output from the Vaca Muerta shale field fade.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/04/11

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Fiscal consolidation to deliver results next year

Saudi Arabia’s economic growth slump resulting from oil price decline is expected to bottom out in 2017, largely driven by revival in non-oil economic activity, fiscal consolidation efforts and stabilisation of Brent crude above $40 barrel according to analysts.

Source:  Gulf News, 2016/04/10

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Italy raises 2017 deficit goal, sets up tussle with Brussels

Italy on Friday cut its forecasts for economic growth this year and next and raised its goal for the 2017 fiscal deficit, setting up a potential conflict with the European Commission. The Commission, already unhappy about Italy’s reluctance to make decisive cuts to rein in its huge public debt, has not yet signed off on […]

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Record drop in Canadian energy sector spending

Spending in Canada’s oil and natural gas sector has fallen by a record C$50bn (US$38bn) over the past two years, according to an industry group representing oil and gas producers operating in the country.

Source:  FT, 2016/04/07

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Global bond default tally hits highest level since 2009

The global bond default rate by companies is running at its highest since 2009 with the US accounting for the vast majority, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

Source:  FT, 2016/04/08

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The Cost of Climate Change: Food Security for the World’s Poor

In Zimbabwe, over 4 million people are likely go hungry at some point during 2016. For a country once considered the breadbasket of Southern Africa, food availability per person in 2014 was the lowest ever recorded according to the World Bank. This spring’s absent harvest will leave the country desperately requiring food assistance, just as […]

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Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/04/06

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India’s external financing needs narrowing, helped by low commodities prices and rising FDI

Moody’s Investors Service says that rising foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows continue to narrow India’s external financing needs and mitigate the risk of a potential widening of the current account deficit related to weakening remittances, a credit positive.

Source:  Moody’s, 2016/04/07

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