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After several years of extremely loose monetary policy, the U.S. Federal Reserve intends to start tightening, for clear reasons, markets will remain focused on the crucial event, which is set to have a major impact on almost all asset classes. Economic data releases will provide clues to the robustness of economies- some of which are vulnerable to investment outflows as higher rates make U.S. assets more attractive. Emerging economies are already struggling to support currencies hit by Fed rate hike expectations and will lead to intensified currency wars further. In this exclusive series we will provide insightful analysis and views on central banks decisions, emerging markets currencies, Fed's tools for managing monetary cycle, investment outflows, including direct government intervention, the imposition of capital controls, and, indirectly, quantitative easing.

Currency War Series

Brexit: UK pound has not crashed yet, but here's why it will probably suffer in years to come

Jan 14, 2021 04:56 am UTC| Investing

The Brexit deal has failed to have any major effect on the exchange rate of the pound since January 1. The pound has held steady against the US dollar at US$1.36 and has strengthened slightly against the euro to 1.12. This...

Currency War Series

Korean Won Weakens Sharply Due to Speculations About Kim Jong Un's Health

Apr 22, 2020 10:40 am UTC| Economy

The Korean won had fallen to a low of 1,241.15 against the US dollar Tuesday following unconfirmed reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is gravely ill. The Korean won last fell to 1,229.59 per dollar. CNN...

Currency War Series

Currency manipulation and why Trump is picking on Brazil and Argentina

Dec 04, 2019 11:24 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

President Donald Trump slapped new tariffs on Brazil and Argentina after accusing them of manipulating their currencies to boost exports. It wasnt the first time Trump has labeled another country a currency manipulator...

Currency War Series

Turkey’s homemade currency crisis has truly global implications

Aug 16, 2018 19:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Turkeys recently reelected president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, is blaming the sudden and dramatic decline of the Turkish lira on an international conspiracy, variously railing against an economic war and a currency plot. On...

Currency War Series

Brazilian central bank likely to cut key rate by 100 bps, says Commerzbank

Apr 12, 2017 07:02 am UTC| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The Brazilian central bank is expected to cut its key rate by an impressive 100 basis points tonight; that is certainly what a poll amongst analysts would suggest. Some are even expecting 125bp. The development of the rate...

Currency War Series

Northeast Asian nations undertake efforts to avoid being named 'currency manipulator', says Scotiabank

Feb 13, 2017 06:02 am UTC| Commentary

China, Japan and Korea and another three major trading partners of the U.S. were placed on the Monitoring List in the semi-annual report on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies released by U.S. Treasury...

Currency War Series

Brazilian central bank slashes interest rate, citing Trump-related global uncertainties

Dec 01, 2016 06:07 am UTC| Commentary Central Banks Economy

The central bank of Brazil has slashed interest rates in the monetary policy meeting held Wednesday, as was widely expected by market participants, citing US President-elect Trump-related global uncertainties that are...

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Economy

China, the US, and India are expected to bear the brunt of the damage, with costs of $10 trillion, $2.5 trillion, and $850 billion.

Rising levels of obesity are set to cost the world economy 3.3 percent of GDP by 2060, slowing development in lower-income countries, according to a study published in BMJ Global Health. The conditions currently cost...

The acquisition of DSME, the world’s fourth-largest shipbuilder, boosts Hanwha’s key defense and green energy sectors.

Hanwha Group signed a conditional memorandum of understanding to acquire a 49.3 percent stake and managerial control of Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) The acquisition of DSME, the worlds...

Mubadala’s offer for BP Bunge Bioenergia could be worth over $1.7 billion.

Mubadala made the best offer for ethanol joint venture BP Bunge Bioenergia while revoking its tender offer to buy a controlling stake in Brazils Zamp SA, owner of the Burger King Brazil. The Valor Economico newspaper...

McDonald's Japan was forced to raise prices due to rising costs and weakening yen.

McDonalds is raising its menu prices in Japan, and this may affect about 60% of the restaurants offerings. It was reported that the increase is unavoidable due to the rising input costs and the exchange rates that are...

GSK appoints Julie Brown as its new CFO, and she is set to step down from her role in Burberry.

GSK, a British pharmaceutical and biotech firm that was formerly known as Glaxo Smith Kline plc, announced that it had hired Julie Brown to be its new chief financial officer. The company said on Monday, Sept. 26, that the...

Politics

Harris and Kishida stressed the importance of peace and stability in the contested waterway that China claims sovereignty over.

United States Vice President Kamala Harris and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida condemned China for its continued provocations in the contested Taiwan Strait. This comes as Harris is currently visiting the Asian...

A spokesperson for British PM Liz Truss said the government must control immigration in a way that also works for the country.

The spokesperson for British Prime Minister Liz Truss said this week that the government must control immigration in a way that works for the country. The comments come amidst reported calls by the interior minister for...

The EPA has launched the Office of Environmental Justice and Civil Rights aimed at helping minorities disproportionately affected by water and air pollution.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its office for environmental justice over the weekend. The new office would be focused on the needs of minorities that have been heavily affected by...

The Moldovan government is considering revoking citizenship for Moldovans who hold dual citizenship that are joining Russian forces.

Moldovas pro-West president said Monday that the citizenship of its nationals who decide to fight for Russia in its war with Ukraine may be revoked. The move is being considered as part of the countrys sanctions for...

Science

Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone payments after successfully passing key stages of the development and approval cycle.

South Koreas Celltrion Inc. will jointly develop and work on the market release with Abpro Corp. of the US on a breast cancer treatment candidate ABP 10 Under the deal, Celltrion will receive US$10 million in milestone...

Current Canadian and American management efforts do not go far enough to decrease entanglement hazards and encourage the recovery of the North Atlantic right whale.

The Monterey Bay Aquariums Seafood Watch program added the American red lobster, caught in both US and Canada to its red list. Other species also added to the list are the snow crab, Atlantic rock crab, and others that...

The microscope unit, which also manufactures industrial endoscopes and x-ray analyzers, will be transferred to Bain on January 4, subject to antitrust regulatory approvals in Japan and elsewhere.

Olympus had agreed to sell its microscope unit to private equity firm Bain Capital for $3.1 billion as it speeds up the overhaul of its business portfolio to focus solely on medical technology The microscope unit, which...

The research team discovered that steamed mealworms emit a strong, corn-like odor, and when grilled or fried, they gave off a shrimp and frying oil-like scent.

South Korean researchers from Wonkwang University have developed a new process that uses edible insects to create meat-flavored seasoning. The research team came up with 98 volatile compounds with varying amounts of...

The resulting thermoplastic resin could be purified through a distillation process to make food-grade potassium lactate.

Wind turbine blades could eventually be recycled into gummies according to a Michigan State University professor, This was discussed during the American Chemical Societys fall conference, which kicked off in Chicago...

Technology

Report: Apple Pay Later feature could be delayed until spring 2023

Apple Pay users may have to wait longer than anticipated for the buy now, pay later feature. The new payment plan will be released as one of the new features in iOS 16, but a new report suggests the Apple Pay Later might...

A new MacBook Air with a larger 15-inch display is expected to be one of the new Apple devices to enter the market in 2023

Apple is expected to close this year with the announcement of new Mac devices next month. But reports on what products the tech giant plans to unveil in 2023 are already making the rounds online, and it might include an...

Google offers a closer look at Pixel Watch’s design ahead of October 6 event

There is only a little over a week left before Google launches a new slate of Pixel-branded devices, including the Pixel Watch. But thanks to a mix of early teasers and leaks, details about the smartwatchs design and...

Sony says a game’s 'premium release' should come first before it goes to a subscription service

Sony is adamant that subscription services like PlayStation Plus are not the best venue to launch new video games. A company executive said Sony prioritizes a new titles premium release but noted that PS Plus can serve an...
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