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Airlines getting ready for first drop in passenger flow in 11 years - 02/21/2020

For the first time after the financial crisis, airlines may face a drop in passenger traffic. Lost business revenue due to coronavirus is tentatively estimated at $ 30 billion. In 2020, the airline industry expects a decrease in global passenger traffic by 0.6%, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports in its forecast. The organization was forced to change the forecast because...

UK real estate prices close to record after Brexit - 02/19/2020

Prices for British real estate have almost reached a record since the beginning of February. The demand has been growing after the situation with Brexit has been clarified. This month, prices for real estate for sale in the UK approached a record high, Bloomberg writes. This was facilitated by increased market confidence after the country's exit from the European Union, the real estate company...

WTO Trade Barometer: Global trade is getting weaker - 02/18/2020

The growth rate of world trade in the first quarter of 2020 will be weaker than at the end of the past year, despite the conclusion of a trade agreement between the US and China, the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicator Trade Barometer shows. Compared to November last year, its value decreased from 96.6 to 95.5 points (an indicator of less than 100 points indicates a decrease in turnover,...

Is it worth buying Bitcoin now? - 02/17/2020

Last week, value of the most famous digital currency, Bitcoin, stopped above the level of $ 10 thousand. Since the beginning of the year, the rate has grown by more than 40%. This was facilitated by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, the launch of Bitcoin options, and the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in Chinas. On February 9, the value of the most famous digital currency Bitcoin...

Study: Services exports may become new growth source for developing countries - 02/14/2020

Development of new technologies leads to automation and localization of production, while competition in services markets, on the contrary, becomes more global. This trend will change economic growth strategies for developing countries, the authors of a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Analysis (NBER) believe. The advantage will be given to countries with cheap labor since this...

Scotch whisky exports jump in 2019 - 02/13/2020

Scottish whiskey exports jumped to a record high in 2019 amid booming sales in Taiwan and India, offsetting concerns about trade tariffs and uncertainties over Brexit, Reuters reports. Sales of Scotch whiskey overseas grew by more than 4% to 4.9 billion pounds (6.36 billion dollars) in 2019. Exports of Scotch whiskey to Taiwan grew last year by 22%, and to India - by 19.7%. The United States...

Quarterly smartphone production to fall by half due to coronavirus - 02/11/2020

Smartphone sales in China could fall by 50% in the first quarter due to the fact that many retail stores have been closed for a long period, and production has not yet fully resumed due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus, reports Reuters. Canalys researchers report that supplier-planned new product launches will be canceled or delayed. In particular, the epidemic could disrupt China’s plans to...

Experts: China's outgoing direct investments keep declining - 02/10/2020

The volume of Chinese foreign investment is significantly overestimated; it is not excessive, even in African countries given the size of the Chinese economy, follows from the calculations of experts at the Washington Institute of International Finance. Since 2016, investments have decreased by 40%, including over the past year - by 8%, to $ 110.6 billion due to capital restrictions, high...

US dollar is going up on the global market - 02/07/2020

The dollar has updated a four-month high on the world market. The confident strengthening of the US currency is taking place against the backdrop of continuing risks regarding the expansion of the coronavirus epidemic, strong data on the US economy, as well as the failure of the impeachment procedure of President Donald Trump. On Thursday, February 6, the dollar exchange rate on the world market...

Concerns over global economy result in investors' gold fever - 02/05/2020

The total weight of assets of world funds investing in gold have updated their historical maximum, exceeding the mark of 2.57 thousand tons. The record is updated against the background of information on the coronavirus spread in the world, which could adversely affect the global economy. International investors are moving away from risky assets into defensive ones such as gold. The assets of...
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