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When you throw pebbles in a pond, you get splashes and ripples, but drop a huge rock, you create a mini Tsunami. Similarly Geo-political turmoil, are potent enough to create tsunamis in financial markets, even if its for the short run. It has in the past, and it will in the future. De-stabilised Middle East, rise of new power in Saudi Arabia, aggressive China, Russia-US tensions, Turkey-Russia escalation, rise of autocratic but nationalists leaders such as Modi in India, Trump in United States, bin-Salman in Middle East, the Geo-Political unease hasn't been this tense in decades, so as a market participant you can never care less than ever.

Global Geopolitics Series

Brexit deal sealed in Brussels: believe it or not, that was the easy bit

Nov 26, 2018 15:59 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

With the centenary of the end of World War I in November, there have been plenty of sombre occasions for European leaders of late. But perhaps none have been quite as sombre as the brief meeting to sign the withdrawal...

Global Geopolitics Series

Will China help Trump denuclearize North Korea?

Nov 14, 2018 12:15 pm UTC| Insights & Views

When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June pledged to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula by 2020, the White House hailed the agreement as a tremendous moment for the world. The agreement...

Global Geopolitics Series

Saudi Arabia is a repressive regime – but so are a lot of US allies

Oct 24, 2018 00:48 am UTC| Insights & Views

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabias consulate in Istanbul has put the United States relationship with the wealthy Gulf power under intense scrutiny. After weeks of denying any knowledge about...

Global Geopolitics Series

New sanctions on Russia and Iran are unlikely to work. Here's why

Aug 01, 2018 14:14 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Sanctions are much in demand these days as a tool of American foreign policy. Members of Congress want tough new sanctions against Russia for its interference in American elections. Sanctions will remain in place...

Global Geopolitics Series

Trump-Kim deal: why the two Koreas will probably never become one country again

Jun 13, 2018 02:50 am UTC| Insights & Views

It seems ages since a lingering handshake began across the demarcation line that separates North and South Korea. Much has happened since and now, the once unthinkable has happened with a summit between North Koreas Kim...

Global Geopolitics Series

Trump-Kim summit: North Korean leader emerges a clear winner as Donald Trump reverts to type

Jun 13, 2018 01:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

Virginie Grzelczyk, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Aston University At first glance, it is easy to call the meeting between US president, Donald Trump, and his North Korean counterpart, Kim Jong-un,...

Global Geopolitics Series

U.S. Forces in South Korea: A seven-decade commitment

May 21, 2018 13:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Why does the U.S. have troops in South Korea? A groundbreaking diplomatic event the planned summit on June 12 between North Koreas Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump may be in jeopardy. The actions of U.S. troops...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries climb ahead of November retail sales, December manufacturing PMI data

The U.S. Treasuries climbed during late afternoon session Friday ahead of the countrys retail sales data for the month of November, scheduled to be released today by 13:30GMT. The headline retail figure is likely to come...

German bunds jump after December manufacturing PMI disappoints investors

The German bunds jumped during European session Friday after the countrys manufacturing PMI for the month of December disappointed market expectations, amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic...

Brent crude oil likely to reach USD75/bbl in Q1 2019; U.S. shale output seen rising over next 18 months: ANZ Research

Brent crude oil is expected to reach USD75/bbl by the first quarter of 2019, while the year-end target stands at USD65/bbl; further, the United States shale oil output is seen to keep rising over the next 18 months,...

JGB yields bruised by weak Chinese economic data; Nikkei 225 down nearly over 2 pct at close

The Japanese government bond yields were bruised by weakness in the Chinese economic data, released early today, as investors sentiments were hurt, with the benchmark Nikkei 225 down over 2 percent at the time of closing...

Australian bonds gain amid hopes of Sino-U.S. trade resolution; weak Chinese data support debt-buying

Australian government bonds gained across the curve during Asian session Friday as investors remain cautious ahead of any breakthrough in U.S.-China trade deal. Global equity and bond markets had a mixed performance...

Politics

Liberals adopt new rule to stop the revolving prime ministership

Scott Morrison has announced a major change in Liberal party rules to ensure a prime minister who wins an election serves the full term, unless two thirds of the party decides otherwise. Morrison said the Liberal party...

New hope in Nigeria, but Zimbabwe struggles with the same old problems

There has been a sense of transition in both Nigeria and Zimbabwe recently. In Nigeria, Obiageli Oby Ezekwesili launched her presidential election campaign. She is not expected to win in the 2019 election. At best, she...

The 60th anniversary of France's Fifth Republic: Out of breath?

The current French Republic was born in 1958 out of what were then referred to as the events in Algeria. On June 4 of that year, Charles de Gaulle used the opportunity of an attempted coup in Algiers to return to power,...

US presidential elections: why a Democrat is now favourite to win in 2020

The results of the US midterm elections are now largely in and they came as a shock to many seasoned forecasters. This wasnt the kind of shock that occurred in 2016, when the EU referendum tipped to Brexit and the US...

Politicians need to be braver about the biggest issues – like our consumption of meat

Scientists, environmentalists and animal rights activists have said it for many years. Now conclusive analysis has confirmed their argument. The global meat industry not only damages our health and is ethically dubious ...

Science

Scientist at work: To take atomic-scale pictures of tiny crystals, use a huge, kilometer-long synchrotron

Its 4 a.m., and Ive been up for about 20 hours straight. A loud alarm is blaring, accompanied by red strobe lights flashing. A stern voice announces, Searching station B. Exit immediately. It feels like an emergency, but...

There's no simple answer to what counts as 'science' in teaching reading

What is the best way to teach children to read? This apparently simple question has, in fact, has been the subject of robust and often polarised debate. Recently the New York Times ran an opinion piece titled Why are we...

New detections of gravitational waves brings the number to 11 – so far

Four new detections of gravitational waves have been announced at the Gravitational Waves Physics and Astronomy Workshop, at the University of Maryland in the United States. This brings the total number of detections to...

Worms in space: why we are launching them

Space launches are some of the most spectacular and nerve wracking events you can witness. And when you are actually involved in one, you realise just how much can go wrong. We are currently in Florida, nervously counting...

Women have been written out of science history – time to put them back

Can you name a female scientist from history? Chances are you are shouting out Marie Curie. The twice Nobel Prize-winning Curie and mathematician Ada Lovelace are two of the few women within Western science to receive...

Technology

Blockchain media firm PUBLISH launches end-to-end publishing software ‘PUBLISHsoft’

PUBLISH Inc., the company behind PUBLISH Protocol, has announced the launch of a blockchain-based end-to-end publishing system. Dubbed PUBLISHsoft, the solution combines state-of-the-art digital newsroom software and...

‘Final Fantasy VII: Remake’ Release Date, Features: Is 2019 Launch Possible With ‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Now Finished?

Tetsuya Nomura is credited as the director and character designer for Kingdom Hearts 3, which has gone gold for some weeks now. Does this mean the Final Fantasy VII: Remake development, where Nomura is credited for the...

‘Kingdom Hearts 3’ Release Date, Features: Is PC Port Launch Possible?

One of the biggest news that arrived for the gaming community in 2018 is the official release date of Kingdom Hearts 3. But that does not answer everything for the series dedicated fans as some of them are still hoping...

‘GTA 6’ Release Date, News & Update: Top 3 Rumors in 2018 for Sixth Installment

News about GTA 6 is scarce at the moment as Rockstar Games remains reticent about everything that has to do with the next installment. So far, all fans have on their hands are rumors and speculations with some of them...

Torrent Latest News & Update: The Reason Why Popular Tracker Server is Shutting Down for Good

While torrent sites like ThePiratebay are still up running today, governments across the world are busy putting up more and more restrictions that are slowly suffocating the piracy network. Its latest victim is the...
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