Will Italy's referendum trigger the next crisis?
2016 has been a year of political surprises. June gave us Brexit, November US-President elect Donald Trump and December might give us a government crisis in Italy.
On December 4, Italians go to the polls to approve or...
Chart of the Day: China bleeds treasuries
This chart from bond vigilantes shows, how the treasury holdings by Peoples Bank of China has declined to a four-year low amid increasing yields in the United States.
Given the increasing interest rates in China,...
UK Construction PMI continues expansion in Nov, raises optimism for near-term outlook
The UK construction sector expanded further in November to hit an 8-month high. Business activity and new orders increased at the fastest pace since March and there was a sharp deterioration in supplier performance as...
Eurozone PPI beats expectations in October, monthly pace of rise fastest in 4 years
Data released by Eurostat on Friday showed that Euro zone producer prices rose by their highest amount in more than four years in October as energy prices increased during the month. Prices at factory gates in the 19...
Oil in Global Economy Series
OPEC deal unlikely to boost oil prices in 2017 - Fitch
Ratings agency Fitch cheered the OPEC deal but at the same time warned that it may not cause a major lift to oil prices. The agency said that prices are unlikely to move much higher than they are now, expecting them to...
U.S. Government bonds rise modestly ahead of non-farm payroll data
The U.S. Treasuries were pushed modestly higher as markets look ahead to the November employment report on Friday, which is expected to reveal a +180k increase in non-farm payrolls.
The yield on the benchmark 10-year...
Singapore jobless rate rises in Q2 2016 amid weaker growth, fewer job openings
Labour market has been soft in 2016 amid economic slowdown. Based on latest report from the Ministry of Manpower, resident unemployment rate has increased.
The seasonally adjusted resident unemployment rate rose to 3.0...
ECB likely to maintain monthly QE purchases worth EUR80 billion in next week’s policy meeting
The European Central Bank is expected to extend its QE purchases by six months to September 2017 and maintain the EUR80 billion monthly purchases in its monetary policy meeting scheduled next week. Lately there has been a...
German bunds narrowly mixed in subdue trade, next week’s ECB policy decision in focus
The German bunds traded narrowly mixed Friday, succumbing to thin trading activity during a relatively quiet session that witnessed data of little significance. Also, the market now looks ahead to the ECB monetary policy...
Fed’s 2017 policies likely to be governed by developments in labor market
The upcoming interest rate policy of the Federal Reserve in 2017 is likely to be governed by the labor market data due to be released by the end of today. Looking into 2017, the FOMC is turning more dovish on paper, which...
China’s crude steel consumption likely to grow 1-2 pct next year, says HSBC
China is expected to maintain its demand supportive policies. According to an HSBC research report, Chinas crude steel consumption is forecast to expand by 1 percent to 2 percent next year. Crude steel apparent consumption...
Indian bonds sag on profit booking; next week’s RBI bi-monthly monetary policy in focus
The Indian government bonds slumped Friday as investors cashed in profits after a long rally following hopes of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its December 7 monetary policy meeting.
The yield on the...
Fundamental Evaluation Series
Fundamental Evaluation Series: Yield spread vs. EUR/USD
The chart above shows, how the relationship between EUR/USD and 2-year yield divergence has unfolded since 2012. It is evident that these short rates have been akey influencing factor for the pair as policy divergence...
Global economy shows positive signs of development while entering 2017
In 2015 and most of this year, the global economy was on a weak and diverging path. The U.S. faced challenges from the declining oil price, whereas Europe has been caught in the mud due to political uncertainty and EM...
Google AI Can Scan Retina To Look For Symptoms Of Impending Blindness
It would seem that the time when machines surpass the ability of humans to do intricate work is almost here. One of Googles Artificial Intelligence projects is apparently capable of diagnosing the retina of patients to see...
Why the health and agriculture sectors need to work together to stop antibiotic resistance
Insights & Views
The Australian federal government recently announced a national plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance with an approach encompassing the health and agriculture sectors.
Antimicrobial resistance occurs when...
Why people love to delude themselves with sports rituals and superstitions
By Keis Ohtsuka -
What do Lebron James, a lucky coin and a smelly goat have in common? They are all part of a rich tradition of sports superstitions.
Both athletes and fans alike have looked towards these superstitions, rituals and...
After decades of research, why is AIDS still rampant?
By Maureen Miller -
Today is World AIDS Day. More than three decades after the virus was first discovered, 5,753 people will become HIV infected today.
About the same number will become infected tomorrow, and the same number the day after...
Boredom, alienation and anxiety in the maths classroom? Here's why
By Brian Hudson -
The quest for appropriate teaching and learning practices for children and young people is ongoing and ever present. A major challenge is to make maths teaching more inclusive and maths itself more accessible to a wider...
Got high cholesterol? Here are five foods to eat and avoid
High fat, low fat, no carb, more carb: when it comes to getting information on eating to manage high blood cholesterol, confusion reigns.
We checked the most recent research from trials that tested the impact of...
Why the world needs superheroes
By Liam Burke -
Superheroes were born in the United States in the late 1930s as a four-colour rebuttal to the misery of the Depression and the rise of fascism in Europe. Today, superheroes are no longer confined to America, or even the...
Blockchain Revolution Series
MasterCard files four blockchain-related patents
According to recently published patent applications on the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), MasterCard has applied for four patents related to its work on blockchain technology, CoinDesk reported.
Three of the...
Study Says ‘Don’t Go To Sleep Angry’ Is On Point
Ever heard of the phrase, Dont go to sleep angry? For those who have been alive during the past century or so, chances are high that this is the case. If so, a recent study shows that there is a good reason why this advice...
Tennis, Swimming And Aerobics Best For Long Life, Study Says
Its a widely accepted fact that exercise is the key to good health and a long life. However, opinion on which form of exercise is the best to prolong life has been conflicting. Now, a new study suggests that playing...
Blockchain Revolution Series
UAE government to hold virtual blockchain hackathon
The government of the United Arab Emirates is organizing a virtual blockchain hackathon, offering $140,000 in prizes.
The UAE government is organizing the largest virtual blockchain hackathon in history to push the...
Neuroscience hasn't been weaponized – it's been a tool of war from the start
By Alison Howell -
Insights & Views
What could once only be imagined in science fiction is now increasingly coming to fruition: Drones can be flown by human brains thoughts. Pharmaceuticals can help soldiers forget traumatic experiences or produce feelings...
India's golden quest to tackle 'black money' and the lessons from a century ago
By Fergal O'Connor -
Insights & Views
The Indian government has been trying to reduce its citizens demand for imported gold through a number of means over the last few years. This is part of a wider crack down on currency used in the black market, that...