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Asia Pacific Finance

China: Lender of first (and last) resort

Contemporary political analysis, though firmly focused on the yet to be created AIIB, should be equally as focused on the poorly covered Chinese bilateral lending relationships that already exist. China’s

Europe Finance

How likely is the Greek bailout strategy to succeed?

The biggest problem facing the Eurozone may be too late to avoid: a Greek exit from the Euro. While both sides are unprepared and unwilling to accept this worst-case scenario, hope still remains

Economics Latin America

Brazilian exporters seek boost after Petrobras scandal

The economical and political tsunami that struck the Brazilian economy after the Petrobras scandal might be starting to lose strength with the tight new measures that Dilma Rousseff’s administration is

Economics International The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Metals companies meet to discuss mineral markets. US Senate prepares to vote on several bills and nominations. World Bank and IMF release bellwether economic data. Bank of Japan releases monetary

International Natural resources and energy

Five countries most affected by the oil price crash

Since June 2014, global oil prices have dropped by more than 50%. The drop could strongly affect the economic and political stability of these five oil exporting countries. Oil prices

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Oman on the path towards economic diversification

Oman and the Gulf are at a crossroads due to falling oil prices, leading to unprecedented economic development and diversification. The IMF predicts that oil export losses in 2015 are

Europe Finance

Interview: What to Expect from Monday’s Eurogroup Meeting

Endless talks and an exhausting game of words are about to reach an end as Monday’s Eurogroup meeting is in sight and Greek and European negotiators will have to submit

Europe Finance

Negotiating Greece’s debt is risky business

Call it moral hazard or moral responsibility, but the Greek leadership of Syriza is pushing Europe hard to renegotiate its bailout. “We cannot find the truth on our own, but

Asia Pacific Economics

China struggles to sustain GDP growth

Chinese economic growth has been high for years, but China’s economic forecasters and politicians have accepted that growth will even out. Chinese President Xi Jinping calls it the “new normal.”

Europe Finance

Greece elections draw the Eurozone closer to political conflict

As Lithuania celebrates its entrance into the Eurozone, Greece contemplates its own exit for the second time. With the upcoming elections and the rise of the Syriza Party marking uncertainty