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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

Governor eyes ‘hydrogen pipeline’ for Tokyo

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike plans to build a hydrogen supply network of pipelines to receive green hydrogen in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Koike considers green hydrogen as a pillar to achieve...

Burger King Japan adds matcha pie to the menu

Burger King Japan has included My Winter Matcha Pie in its series of new desserts aimed at adults under the name Watakushi no, which translates to My. This dessert uses Uji matcha from Morihan, Kyotos long-established...

McDonald’s Japan to offer Fuwatoro Tamago Noko Demi Gurakoro this winter

McDonalds Japan is adding an extra-tempting version to the croquette burger lineup, dubbed the Fuwatoro Tamago Noko Demi Gurakoro. Gurakoro is a mashup of the Japanese pronunciations of gratin and croquette, since this...

Singapore’s Charles & Keith launches its first store in North America

Singaporean footwear and accessories brand, Charles Keith, has opened a store in Mexico in its first foray into the Americas. The store, located at the Artz Pedregal Mall in Mexico City, follows the brands latest...

Hanwha, DL Chemical split Yeochun NCC joint venture as their partnership ends

Hanhwa Solutions and Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd. have decided to part ways after being partners for more than two decades, 23 years to be exact. They have set up the YEOCHUN NCC Co., Ltd. chemicals company in 1999 through a...

Politics

North Korea: Kim Jong-un vows to have the most powerful nuclear force in the world

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said that his ultimate goal was to make the isolated nation the most powerful nuclear force in the world. Kims comments follow the nations multiple weapons tests this year. North Korean...

Afghanistan: UN says Taliban's treatment of women may amount to crime against humanity

A group of experts from the United Nations said last week that the Talibans treatment of women so far, including its recent restrictions, can amount to a crime against humanity. This followed the recent policies that would...

Taiwan President steps down as head of governing party following local elections

Taiwans President Tsai Ing-wen has decided to step down from the governing Democratic Progressive Party following the results of the recent local elections. Tsais efforts to frame the upcoming races as a way to show...

Russia-Ukraine war: UK says Russia likely removing nuclear warheads from missiles and firing at Ukraine

The British defense ministry said that Russia was likely taking out the nuclear warheads from its aging nuclear missiles and firing the unarmed ammunition at Ukraine. The ministry also said that this is a sign of Russias...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

‘Gran Turismo’ PC port is possible but not without some compromises, series creator confirms

Sony has made it clear that more of its first-party games for PlayStation will be released to PC, and that could include Gran Turismo. Kazunori Yamauchi, the creator of the racing sim series, confirmed the possibility of...

‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ is getting a spin-off campaign about Ghost, leaker claims

Infinity Ward is reportedly developing a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II spin-off campaign focused on the fan-favorite character Simon Ghost Riley. But it might not be an entirely standalone premium game. Leaker...

Nintendo breaks sales record with new Pokemon games

Nintendo Co. set a record pace for game titles after global sales of its latest Pokemon games surpassed 10 million units in the first three days of their release. Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet, which were released...

Samsung Galaxy S23 features: Satellite connectivity that supports text and image transfers is in development

The launch of the Galaxy S23 series is only a few months away, but Samsung is reportedly still working on adding satellite connectivity to the upcoming phones. Samsung is expected to catch up with Apple and Huawei soon...

PlayStation 6 launch: Sony fans may have to wait longer for PS5’s successor

The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recently published documents filed in relation to the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger, including Sonys official responses. And Sony appears to have confirmed plans to...
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