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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: , , |

Bill threatens Polish wind power, warns industry

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: , , , , |

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: , , , |

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

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

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

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

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

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

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 […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Categories: Analyst's Insight|Tags: , , , , , |

Monetary policy is not enough to beat deflation

Monetary policymakers are on the defensive. After a decade in which central banks steered the global economy out of crisis, faith in their powers is waning. In the past week, the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan governors have fought back against the sceptics, underlining their resolve to defeat deflation and revive anaemic growth. […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

‘No recession in 2016?, but lower growth – Fitch

Ratings agency Fitch has downgraded its growth forecast for the global economy, as the investment slowdown in China as well as the spending crunch in commodity-producing countries continues to bite.

Source:  FT, 2016/03/07

By |March 15th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

‘Critical Mass’ of Oil-Producing Countries Agree to Freeze Production

A “critical mass” of oil-producing countries have agreed to freeze oil production, Russia’s energy minister said Tuesday

Source:  WSJ, 2016/03/01

By |March 8th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |