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IMF World Economic Outlook April’s update: Too risky for too long!

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its world economic growth forecasts for 2016, 2017 and beyond in its World Economic Outlook (WEO) April’s update. Regarding the revision of world economic growth figures, it appears that the world economy is projected to grow 3.2% in 2016 and 3.5% in 2017 (vs. […]

Global Light-Duty EV Sales Surged 80% In 2015, Up To 565,668

Global plug-in light vehicle sales, 2011-2015.

Source: Clean Technica. Argonne National Laboratory: Global Light-Duty EV Sales Surged 80% In 2015, Up To 565,668. April 2016.

China’s debt explosion threatens financial stability, Fitch warns

China’s huge debt levels will weigh on growth over the next five years and could threaten the country’s financial stability unless policymakers rein in credit, Fitch has warned.

Source:  The Telegraph, 2016/04/06

Frequency of references to “China” and “Global” vs. “Dollar” in Janet Yellen’s speeches

Sources: Federal Reserve, DB Global Market Research ; In: Gulf Times. Q1: the rockiest of rides for markets. April 2016.

Mexico… Mexiiiiiiiiiiiiico…

Last week, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s took actions and decided to respectively downgrade the outlooks on China and Mexico. Regarding the Middle Empire, S&P turns out to be the second credit rating agency to make such a move in less than a month. We already discussed here that CRA’s moves on the Chinese giant […]

China and the dream of worldwide interconnectedness…

Chinese growth has been the main focus for the energy and finance industry all along 2015. In the end, the combination of a decreasing energy demand in the Middle Empire with the long discussed Saudi foreign policy (leveraging on oil output) led us to the present low-oil price environment. Nevertheless, considering China as world top […]

Turkey turns East to meet power shortfall

Turkey’s Energy Minister has just wrapped-up a four-day visit to China. Topping the agenda is a way to quench Turkey’s thirst for energy. CCTV America’s Natalie Carney reports from Istanbul.

Source:  CCTV America, 2016/03/25

Algeria selling the Crown jewels?

Is Algeria going to make it? After several months of collapsing oil prices, the question deserves to be addressed. The country, whose governance has been rightfully put into doubts, now seems to be moving in against the global trend. On February 29th, the Chief Executive Officer of the national hydrocarbon company Sonatrach, Amine Mazouzi, declared […]

After taking a beating from decades of logging, China’s forests have begun to regenerate, but the problem of deforestation may have shifted to other nations exporting wood to the world’s most populous country, researchers said on Friday.

After taking a beating from decades of logging, China’s forests have begun to regenerate, but the problem of deforestation may have shifted to other nations exporting wood to the world’s most populous country, researchers said on Friday.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/03/18

China, Gambia agree energy production deal to end power woes

Gambia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Sinohydro, a state-owned Chinese company, have agreed on energy production that will enhance better and affordable electricity supply across Gambia.

Source:  Xinhua News Agency, 2016/03/17