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OECD warns of growing bond debts - 02/27/2019

At the end of 2018, the world bond debt of companies peaked at $ 13 trillion. Given deterioration in the quality of issuers in the event of a crisis, it threatens with a large number of defaults, the OECD warns. However, the peak of placement has already been passed back in 2017. In 2018, after raising the US Federal Reserve rate and increasing the required yield on bonds, taking into account the...

Palladium prices hit record high - 02/26/2019

On Monday, the world market prices for palladium updated the historical maximum, rising to the level of $ 1,534 per troy ounce. As a result, the value of this metal exceeded the value of gold by $ 200 per ounce. The rise in prices contributes to the shortage of metal against the backdrop of record demand from the automotive industry. On Monday, the cost of palladium updated the historical...

Study: Shell expects LNG boom - 02/26/2019

The demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in the transportation sector will grow rapidly throughout the world largely due to the fight against climate change, German scientists predict. The global gas industry is expecting a boom largely due to the growing fight against global warming, which requires a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Until 2040, the demand for natural gas as the most...

What does the future hold for Euro? - 02/25/2019

The structural problems of the EU economy and the threat of disintegration make the prospects for the euro very vague. It's a difficult time for Europe now. There is a recession in Italy, and the country's populist government demands increased spending. In France, the movement of "yellow vests" is similar to the second, but slow version of Bastille Day. And Germany, which was once a powerful...

Will the dollar lose its reserve currency status? - 02/22/2019

The US currency is retaining a key role in international trade, but every year there are more and more factors playing against the dollar. Apparently, its world domination will end very soon, says a forecast published on Liberty Street Economics, a resource owned by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Collapses in the US stock market are occurring with regularity that frightens investors, and...

Uncertainty pushes prices for gold up - 02/20/2019

The cost of gold on the world market on February 18 updated the ten-month high, reaching $ 1,327 per troy ounce. This was facilitated by plans of the US Federal Reserve System (FRS) to stop growth of the base interest rate, as well as high geopolitical risks associated with both US domestic and foreign policy. In such a situation, investors prefer to increase investments in defensive assets....

DNA tests are gaining popularity - 02/18/2019

Genetic testing is becoming more common in the mass consumer market. The largest players are already creating a kind of social networks in which you can connect with detected distant relatives. However, critics say that there is a question about keeping the data confidential, the possibility of leaks, and, in the case of analysis of risk diseases, how accurate such an analysis is. People are...

Investors are leaving developed markets - 02/18/2019

At the beginning of the year, international investors have significantly reduced their investments in the American and European stock markets. Apparently, they see no adequate returns amid growing expectations of a slowdown in the economies of these regions. As an alternative, investors choose companies from developing countries, which fell in price last year and now look undervalued. The Bank of...

Analysts: Chinese export grows despite restrictions - 02/15/2019

Exports from China in January in annual terms increased by 9.1% (after the December decline by 4.4%), despite the effect of US duties, according to statistics from the PRC. At the same time, imports to China also increased, but only by 1.5% (it fell by 7.6% in December). In general, China's exports grew by 9.9% in 2018, imports - by 15.8%, the trade surplus amounted to $ 351.8 billion, which is...

McKinsey notes slowdown in global trade - 02/12/2019

Growth rates of the global trade are not only decreasing, but structural changes are taking place. Increasingly fewer products are sent abroad, share of services is consistently growing and, perhaps, already exceeds the volume of goods turnover, according to the McKinsey Global Institute report. In the future, separation between goods and services will increasingly erode, and consumption will...
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