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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

As Turkish troops move in to Syria, the risks are great - including for Turkey itself

Oct 12, 2019 09:03 am UTC| Insights & Views

Turkey did not waste much time in launching an attack on Syrian soil just days after US President Donald Trump announced he would withdraw US forces from northern Syria. As this development opens a new chapter in Syria,...

Global Geopolitics Series

3 ways China benefits from the Hong Kong protests

Aug 27, 2019 01:36 am UTC| Insights & Views

The summer of 2019 has seen week after week of protest in Hong Kong. The protests began June 9 when as many as a million people marched against a bill that could allow suspects to be extradited to China. Hong Kongs...

Global Geopolitics Series

What is at stake in the Strait of Hormuz?

Jul 22, 2019 13:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Tensions between the United States, Iran and other countries are flaring again in the Strait of Hormuz. There are competing explanations for whats going on in the narrow seaway through which 21% of the worlds crude oil...

Global Geopolitics Series

Syria: attempts by Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey to co-opt Arab tribes will deepen the country's divisions

Jul 18, 2019 23:41 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Saudi Arabia is putting renewed pressure on its ties with tribal groups in Syria as it continues to support those trying to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad. In a visit in late June to Syrian territories controlled...

Global Geopolitics Series

Is the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty on its last legs?

Jul 18, 2019 07:30 am UTC| Insights & Views

Iran recently exceeded the limits on uranium enrichment set out in its nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other countries. Irans move was in response to the U.S.s renunciation of the same deal last May. Possession of...

Global Geopolitics Series

Brexit: wisdom of crowds proves effective predictor of Britain's chaotic EU departure

Jul 18, 2019 07:26 am UTC| Insights & Views

Winston Churchill once described Russia as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Many feel the same about Brexit. Achieving Brexit is a fiendishly complex task. And when the process is led by a government with...

Global Geopolitics Series

UK ambassador leaks: Donald Trump's reaction to Kim Darroch's criticism reeks of double standards

Jul 14, 2019 13:21 pm UTC| Insights & Views

Donald Trump has hit out again at the British ambassador to Washington, Kim Darroch, following the leak of highly critical diplomatic cables about the White House and the president. In another Twitter outburst, Trump...

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Economy

Australian bonds jump after RBA September meeting minutes reflects "prepared to ease" policy stance

The Australian government bonds jumped during Asian trading session Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of Australias (RBA) September monetary policy meeting minutes hinted at further easing, noting prepared to ease monetary...

U.S. Treasuries suffer amid muted trading hours ahead of September retail sales

The U.S. Treasuries suffered during Mondays afternoon session amid a muted trading day that witnessed data of little economic significance ahead of the countrys retail sales for the month of September, scheduled to be...

UK gilts jump ahead of August employment report, 10-year auction

The United Kingdoms gilts jumped during European trading hours Monday ahead of the countrys employment report for the month of August and the 10-year auction, both scheduled for October 15 by 08:30GMT and 09:45GMT...

German bunds mixed ahead of October ZEW economic sentiment, eurozone September CPI

The German bunds remained mixed during European session of the first trading day of the week Monday ahead of the countrys ZEW economic sentiment index for the month of October, scheduled to be released on October 15 by...

Plunging U.S. inflation expectations likely to keep Fed on an easing course, says ING Economics

Plunging inflation expectations in the United States at a time of weakness in business surveys suggests the Fed will cut interest rates again in October, according to a recent research report from ING Economics. US...

Politics

Melania Trump reacts to Donald Trump cheating allegations

Donald Trump and Melania Trump have always been in the limelight since they tied the knot. But the status of their marriage has become much more exposed to public speculations once they occupied the White House. Many...

Melania Trump: Is she distancing herself from Donald Trump’s political woes?

The past weeks have been hectic for the Trump administration, especially after an impeachment inquiry has been officially launched in the Congress in late September against President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, it is hard not...

How a 1905 debate about 'tainted' Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today

Many nonprofits, including top universities and museums are confronting serious ethical dilemmas regarding accepting tainted money. The MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary research lab, has been widely criticized for...

Trump's bad Nixon imitation may cost him the presidency

Whatever Donald Trump does, Richard Nixon usually did it first and better. Nixon got a foreign governments help to win a presidential election over 50 years ago. Trumps imitation of the master has proven far from...

Backing Putin: Russia's middle class is no longer a catalyst for democratic change

A wave of protests rocked Moscow and scores of other cities across Russia between 2011 and 2013. The demonstrators called for free and fair elections and some even demanded an end to the Putin regime. Many Russian...

Science

NASA rover allegedly captures an image proving there's life on Mars

It has been decades since humans started launching missions to space. At this point, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has already sent numerous rovers to Mars to observe the several sections of the...

Elon Musk reminded NASA it can share SpaceX’s IP to anyone; Agency unwilling to do so due to security concern

Elon Musk and NASAs partnership has been standing on rocky ground in recent months as the Commercial Crew endeavor has been delayed. The mission aims to put American astronauts to space using SpaceXs services, opting to...

NASA unveils the design of new spacesuit for Moon landing mission in 2024

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been preparing for its next Moon landing mission that will be taking place within the next few years. One of the important things the agency has been working on...

ESA detects 46-foot wide asteroid approaching Earth much closer than usual in 2084

A 46-foot asteroid was recently detected by the European Space Agency (ESA) and is making headlines even though its next Earth close-approach will not happen within the next decades. Certain qualities of the asteroid have...

NASA asteroid watch confirms 7 more space rocks are approaching Earth this weekend

Several asteroids have come close to the Earth over the previous days, and a few more will approach the planet this weekend. Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have detected that seven...

Technology

‘PES 2020’ needs to address its AI performance ranging from the referee to the players themselves

PES 2020 is a superior version of its 2019 self and has been met with general positivity based on numbers shown by review aggregator site Metacritic. Having said this, the game does have several issues that can easily...

‘NBA 2K20’ is a casino simulator as much as it’s a basketball game

NBA 2K20 is perhaps the most blatant microtransaction triple-A title to come out in the history of gaming. Where other games would hide these predatory mechanics under the guise of gameplay and progression, 2Ks entry this...

Permanent jailbreak spanning millions of devices set to arrive soon amidst Apple trying to fix iOS 13

In late September, a security researcher going by the name of axi0mX announced that theyve found an exploit that can lead to a permanent jailbreak spanning millions of Apple devices. Called checkm8, the exploit is...

‘The Last of Us Part 2’ release date: Game director said giving NPCs unique name was quite the difficult feat

The Last of Us Part 2 is only a few months away, and Naughty Dog is ramping up the marketing campaign for the game. In recent weeks, the developers have been drip-feeding information about the title, and the gaming...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ release date: Developers doesn’t want microtransaction in the game; Fears backlash from players

Cyberpunk 2077 made an appearance in this years PAX Aus, and the developers have shared new details about the much-anticipated title. Among them briefly focused on the games story. Whats currently known is that...
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