Don't expect a rerun of the Asian Financial Crisis
Asian currencies hit a seven year low in November, on Donald Trumps election and the potential for his policies to spur US inflation and bond yields. Investors who fanned out across emerging markets in recent years are now...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Manufacturing PMIs for CEE nations trend weaker in November
The PMI index for CEE nations trended slightly weaker in November. The figures published on Thursday continued to stay stable but not particularly upbeat compared with tendencies of these PMIs in the first half of 2016,...
Recent consumption data seems favorable for Indonesian inflation outlook
Recent consumption data still looks favorable for the Indonesian inflation outlook ahead. The recent uptick in crude oil price is worth monitoring, especially given the plan for an upward revision in domestic electricity...
US Non-Farm-Payroll report likely to be a non-event
Upbeat data in second half of 2016 coupled with limited financial market volatility in the wake of the November 8th elections have increased the odds that the Federal Reserve will hike the fed funds target range by 25...
Despite the hype, batteries aren't the cheapest way to store energy on the grid
By Roger Dargaville -
Storage is the word of the moment in the energy industry. Since Tesla unveiled its Powerwall, politicians, commentators and industry have hyped storage and particularly batteries as the solution for getting more...
Africa Is Building Solar Farm So Big It Could Power Europe
Generating enough power to justify the large sums of money being funneled into it has always been the biggest challenge for green energy sources. However, the industry is fast turning things around, coming up with better...
YouTube’s Live Stream Feature Now Comes With 4K Resolution
YouTube has been featuring 4K videos for a while now, but its live stream service has been stuck in a pre-4K resolution era. Now, this is about to change since the popular video hosting site is providing its content...
Fitbit Set To Acquire Pebble For $40M
Fitbit has been soaring in popularity since its inception while Pebble has been struggling to keep up with the market. This has made it easier for the more successful fitness wearable maker to absorb the other one for a...
Two New Ways To Make Solar Cells More Efficient
The efficiency of conversion by current, synthetic solar cells is one of the biggest weaknesses of solar power that opponents of green energy bring up. Right now, 20 percent conversion is the best that engineers have been...
1M Devices Infected With Malware That Exploits Android Vulnerability
Security firm Check Point recently released data concerning a new malware infection campaign that has so far infected over 1 million Android devices. Devices become infected once they download apps that already carry the...
Self-Driving Company Gives Away Technology, DIY Autonomous Concept Just Got Larger
George Hotz, the 27-year old tech genius who became famous for being the first to jailbreak the iPhone and the PlayStation 3, announced last month that he was shutting down his efforts at creating a DIY self-driving...
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...
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...
Earth’s Destruction By Mankind Starkly Clear Through Google Earth Timelapse
Its long been known that human activity and progress has come at the cost of environmental damage, which have led to some of the most catastrophic results in recent history. With super typhoons, extreme droughts,...
Facebook Aggressively Pushes Gaming Agenda With Messenger Games
Last month, Facebook launched Gameroom, which is the social media equivalent of Valves Steam platform. It was the start of the social networks push into gaming territory, where it once held a significant chunk thanks to...
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...