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Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

3 reasons why an OPEC production cap is still unlikely

Despite a recent announcement that OPEC will meet in September, a number of factors mean that any deal to cap production is still extremely unlikely.

Natural resources and energy North America

US shale industry is painfully adapting to low oil prices

Low oil prices wrecked havoc with US shale producers, but increasingly the industry appears to be adapting successfully to new market conditions.

Economics Natural resources and energy

2016 is the year of cheap renewables, not oil

While much attention is devoted to the fall of oil prices, 2016 has seen a significant expansion in the development of renewable energies

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

The grip of OPEC “oiligopolists” weakens as Saudi strategy shifts

Oil is moving into a new paradigm, in which markets decide the price. U.S. shale production and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 add new market dynamics.

International Natural resources and energy

Doha meeting reveals Opec’s inability to control global oil prices

The recent Doha meeting of major oil producers failed to agree oil output freeze deal and confirmed the existence of deep disagreements within Opec.

International Natural resources and energy

Saudi-Russian deal not a quick fix for the oil crisis

The recent deal struck between Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela to prop up oil prices by freezing production levels at January levels might have a psychological effect on oil

Natural resources and energy Sub-Saharan Africa

For Nigeria and Angola, the prospect of international loans offers a mixed blessing

With Nigeria and Angola seeking international loans to help ease their oil pain, investors are hoping that any loans will lead to a revision of their worrisome economic policies.  With

Middle East/North Africa Security

Lifting of Iran’s sanctions: a turning point for the region

After watchdogs confirmed that Iran has complied with the deal signed with the US in July 2014, sanctions were lifted last week. Implementation day represents a turning point for Iran’s

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

ECB speech after signals of new stimulus. Iranian President travels to Europe. Bank of England officials testify. Conferences highlight oil price collapse. Bank of Japan surprise with policy shift. All in the Weekly Risk

Asia Pacific Economics

China’s road to recovery brings emerging market turmoil

Following the decision of China’s government to trim interest rates and adjust the requisites of bank reserves for commercial banks, we are starting to see some improvement from the 20% loss in