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Chinese industry starts suffering from lack of demand - 09/18/2019

Fall in global demand and uncertainty associated with the outcome of the PRC – US trade war, along with the action of duties already imposed by the parties, caused a record drop in China's macro-indicators. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of the PRC, the industrial production growth in this country in August turned out to be minimal over the past 17 years, and amounted to 4.4%...

US oil inventories down 6.9 mln barrels per week - 09/12/2019

U.S. commercial oil reserves (excluding the strategic reserve) for the week ended September 6 fell by 6.9 million barrels, or 1.6%, to 416.1 million barrels, the USA Energy Information Administration (EIA) review said in a weekly review. Analysts interviewed by Reuters expected a decrease in stocks of only 2.7 million barrels. According to the agency, oil production in the US for the week...

Analysts: new ECB measures may not live up to expectations - 09/11/2019

Investors expecting an aggressive stimulus package from the European Central Bank on Thursday are about to be disappointed, analysts said. Forecasts of a significant easing of monetary policy, including lower interest rates and the resumption of the bond purchase program, are based on the latest data indicating a slowdown in economic growth and weak inflation in the Eurozone. "There is a clear...

JPMorgan creates Volfefe index to track impact of Trump's tweets on the markets - 09/10/2019

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Bank analysts developed the Volfefe index, which assesses the impact of tweets by US President Donald Trump on markets and, in particular, on the yield of US government bonds. This is reported by Bloomberg and CNBC. The index tracks the volatility of two- and five-year treasury bonds caused by statements of the President. The index name is made up of "Vol" - "volatility"...

Global electric cars sales fall for the first time in history - 09/04/2019

Electric vehicle sales in the world fell for the first time in history in July, according to consulting company Sanford C. Bernstein. Sales of electric cars immediately fell by 14% to 128 thousand units The main reason for the drop in demand is China, one of the largest car markets in the world, which has reduced subsidies for electric car purchases, Bloomberg quoted the study as saying....

Analysts: Hurricane Dorian will cost insurers $ 25 bln - 09/03/2019

Analysts at UBS Group believe that Hurricane Dorian will cost insurance companies at least $ 25 billion. If it reaches the coast of Florida in the next few days, the loss will amount to $ 40 billion. Hurricane Dorian that hit the Bahamas will cost insurance companies at least $ 25 billion, writes Bloomberg, citing analysts at the Swiss financial holding UBS Group AG. At the same time, if Dorian...

Is there a bubble on the global bonds market? - 09/02/2019

Negative interest rates in Europe and Japan, lower rates prevailing in many countries in recent months, as well promises of leading central banks to return to monetary stimulation and more radical measures to support the global economy, provoked a massive influx of money into the bond market. In turn, this resulted in a yet another new drop in their yields. As a result, the price of bonds with...

OPEC + expects reduction in commercial oil reserves in the second half of 2019 - 09/02/2019

Members of the OPEC + oil production agreement expect a significant reduction in commercial stocks of oil and oil products in the world in the second half of 2019, caused by the still ongoing deal, the alliance’s ministerial monitoring committee wrote on the OPEC website. "The Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee (JMMC) emphasized the growing importance of the Declaration of Cooperation in...

Swiss watchdog issues banking licenses to blockchain companies - 08/29/2019

The Financial Authority of Switzerland (FINMA) has issued banking licenses to two blockchain-related companies - SEBA Crypto and Sygnum. The regulator said that this is the first time when such licenses are issued to companies specializing exclusively in the blockchain. The lcenses will allow SEBA Crypto and Sygnum to provide services to institutional and professional clients. FINMA has also...

Fungus destroying banana plantations in Asia reaches Latin America - 08/26/2019

The fungus that affects the planet’s most popular banana sort, the Cavendish, has reached Latin America. The region accounts for two-thirds of global banana exports, the Financial Times (FT) reports. Two years ago, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) wrote that a dangerous fungal disease that was spreading around the planet and systematically killing plants had already affected more than 30% of Asian...
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