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WSJ: Inflows into ETFs surpass $1T for the first time - 12/13/2021

Experts have noted record inflows into exchange-traded funds around the world, with more than $1 trillion invested in them in 2021. Most of that money went into US index funds managed by Vanguard, BlackRock and State Street. In 2021, inflows into exchange-traded funds (ETFs) around the world reached a record high. This is reported by The Wall Street Journal, citing data from analyst firm...

Analysts: 179 companies left major US exchanges in 12 months - 12/08/2021

According to research firm Finbold, 179 businesses have departed the two main US stock markets, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ, in the last year. The overall number of issuers on these exchanges is at 6,000, down about 3% from the previous year. The NYSE companies were the most commonly delisted, with a 15.3 percent fall in the number of businesses listed there, from 2,873 to...

Goldman Sachs cuts US GDP growth forecast for 2022 - 12/06/2021

According to Goldman Sachs, US GDP will expand by 3.8 percent in 2022, lower than the 4.2 percent originally predicted. The omicron strain, according to the bank's economist Joseph Briggs, may impede the economic recovery, reports Reuters. According to this economist, GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2022 will be 2.9 percent compared to the current quarter, down from a previous estimate of 3.3...

Researchers: LEGO sets are better investment than gold and bonds - 12/03/2021

In a study published in the journal Research in International Business and Finance, economists at the Higher School of Economics found that old LEGO kits show a better return on investment over time than stocks of large companies, gold, bonds and alternative sources of investment. The researchers looked at pricing patterns from 1987 to 2015 and found that the average return on investment for LEGO...

Bank of America gives oil price forecast for 2022 - 12/02/2021

US banking giant Bank of America (BofA) predicts the average price of Brent crude will be $85 a barrel next year, the bank's global head of commodities and derivatives research, Francisco Blanch, said. "We believe the average price of Brent crude will be $85 next year. This is our official forecast," Blanch said during the bank's webinar reviewing the energy market for 2022. He noted that the...

UNCTAD: World trade growth may exceed 20% in 2021 - 12/01/2021

World trade in 2021 could grow by 23% from 2020, according to a UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report released on Tuesday. "World trade is expected to reach around $28 trillion in 2021, an increase of 23% compared to 2020," the report reads. UNCTAD expects trade in goods to reach a record high of $22 trillion in 2021. Trade in services in 2021 is estimated at about $6 trillion,...

Study: Digital Dollar and Euro may outperform weaker currencies - 11/30/2021

The monetary independence of developing economies is threatened by central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Foreign money there is allowed to circulate, but local currency can be in a small supply - although weak currencies usually win competition for circulation, while hard currencies are used for savings. Sebastian Edwards, an economist at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management, looked...

OPEC+ postpones two meetings to better assess impact of new COVID-19 'omicron' strain - 11/29/2021

After the oil price plunged on Friday, OPEC+ postponed two meetings for a few days to examine the impact of the new COVID-19 "omicron" strain on the market, Bloomberg said, citing sources. "In the aftermath of last Friday's oil drop, OPEC+ is postponing two technical meetings to later dates in the week to allow its committees more time to examine the impact of the new coronavirus strain," the...

Expert: Fertilizers shortages could cause famine in the world's poorest countries - 11/29/2021

Food shortages and famine in the world's poorest countries might result from a worldwide fertilizer deficit, Svein Tore Holsether, executive director of Yara International, a Norwegian fertilizer firm, told the BBC. According to him, the global fertilizer industry is now in deficit. Ammonia, which is used in many fertilizers, is made from gas, whose price has risen dramatically, raising the...

WSJ: Labour market recovery boosts consumer spending - 11/26/2021

At the end of the year, the US economy is showing numerous signs of acceleration. Consumers are increasing spending, companies are picking up the pace of capital investment and jobless claims are falling to historic lows. Consumer spending rose 1.3% in October compared to September, while incomes rose 0.5%, according to data released by the US Department of Commerce on Wednesday. The...
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