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WSJ: European single market is falling apart - 12/18/2017

Economic nationalism is spreading in the countries of the European Union. As a consequence, the union’s members are now paying less attention to the rules of the single market. The single market, created in 1993, has not actually become truly united, but now actions of the authorities of individual EU countries are increasingly undermining its principles. These countries are introducing their own...

IEA: Growth in oil production in the US will spoil OPEC's expectations - 12/15/2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) raised the forecast for oil demand by 0.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2017 and 2018, that is, to 97.8 million bpd and 99.1 million bpd, respectively. At the same time, the agency kept the forecast for growth in demand unchanged: it will increase by 1.5 million bpd, or 1.6%, in 2017 and 1.3 million bpd, or 1.3%, in 2018, says the IEA’s December report. In...

"Amazon effect" prevents the US Federal Reserve from pursuing monetary policy - 12/13/2017

The ability to compare prices on the Internet hinders the acceleration of inflation. Thanks to smartphones, consumers can now easily compare prices on the Internet. But this prevents prices from rising and inflation – from accelerating to a target of about 2% in the US and other developed countries. Therefore, their central banks, in particular the US Federal Reserve System (FRS), find it...

SEC to deal with crypto-currency funds - 12/12/2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission of the United States (SEC) may turn its attention to funds that intend to keep their crypto-currency assets on their accounts, CoinDesk writes. The authority, overseeing investment activities in the United States, is going to solve issues related to the regulation of companies holding or investing in digital assets, said Dalia Blass, head of investment...

ECB to delay introduction of rules on bad loans - 12/08/2017

The European Central Bank (ECB) will consider postponing the date when unpaid bank loans will be subject to other rules. This means that banks will have to allocate more money for possible losses, Reuters reports. Bank loans that are not paid will be subject to proposed new rules that force lenders to allocate more money for possible losses, its chief executive said on Thursday. "The published...

Codelco: Politics is dangerous for the commodity market - 12/06/2017

Uncertainty in politics developed countries poses a greater threat to the industrial goods industries than any volatile growth slowdown in China, the world's largest copper producer believes. "The political system of the United States, the UK’s political system, as well as the Europeans, are trying everything possible to increase uncertainty," told chairman of the board of directors of the...

Why does China wants to trade oil futures in yuan? - 12/05/2017

The economic war between the US and China is entering an active phase. The Americans refused to recognize the PRC as a country with a market economy and are preparing another portion of anti-dumping measures. In turn, Beijing is getting ready to respond asymmetrically and in the near future is going to launch a trade in oil futures for yuan, which can be converted into gold. The United States...

MIT: American oil shale extraction technologies are overestimated - 12/04/2017

Prospects for the "shale revolution" in the United States are overrated, a group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has stated. The sharp increase in oil and gas production in recent years is less can be explained by technological progress, and more - by development of the most promising sectors in conditions of low world prices. And this means that the official...

Ten countries with the cheapest mortgage rate - 12/01/2017

Each country has its own nuances, explained by national, historical or geographical features. It turns out that citizens of different countries solve their housing problem in different ways. What country offers the cheapest mortgage? 1. Japan Mortgage rate: 1.21% Mortgage in Japan is the cheapest in the world. The inflation is very low here, and real estate is very expensive. Tokyo is one of...

Demand for electric cars will propel growth of palladium - 11/30/2017

2017 was very successful for palladium. Since the beginning of the year, its value has grown by almost 50%, outperforming other precious metals. Moreover, the growth potential has not been exhausted yet, given the good fundamental factors of the world palladium market. Almost 80% of the global demand for palladium is provided by the automotive industry, where it is used in the manufacture of...
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