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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

Asian nations to sign pact eliminating import tariffs

Nov 14, 2020 14:45 pm UTC| Economy

Asian leaders are due to sign a trade deal dubbed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this weekend that seeks to eliminate a range of tariffs on imports within 20 years. It also includes provisions on...

Global Geopolitics Series

Nagorno-Karabach: why Iran is trying to remain neutral over the conflict on its doorstep

Oct 09, 2020 08:05 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan intensified in early October over Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed region in the South Caucasus at the centre of a conflict that has lasted for more than three decades. The South...

Global Geopolitics Series

Under what conditions are international sanctions effective?

Oct 09, 2020 07:51 am UTC| Economy

According to US government data, 32 sanctions regimes are currently in effect. Canada, for its part, currently imposes sanctions on 20 different states and on terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda. The EU is currently...

Global Geopolitics Series

State aid is biggest Brexit dispute between UK and EU – there's a workable compromise

Oct 01, 2020 15:40 pm UTC| Politics

Officials from the UK and the EU are meeting at a crunch point in the negotiations for a future free trade agreement. A number of issues could scupper the talks, but perhaps the biggest is state aid. So what is the dispute...

Global Geopolitics Series

Relax, losing access to China won't make us the 'poor white trash of Asia'

Sep 10, 2020 09:15 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

In another round of the increasingly bitter exchanges between China and Australia, a columnist for Chinas Global Times, Yu Lei, suggested that a further decoupling from China will make former Singapore Prime Minister Lee...

Global Geopolitics Series

Shots fired in the Himalayas: a dangerous development in the China-India border standoff

Sep 10, 2020 09:03 am UTC| Politics

In the midst of all the stories about Chinas oppression in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and its expulsion of foreign journalists, a recent clash on its border with India may pose the greater threat to Asian security. For the...

Global Geopolitics Series

US-China decoupling and coronavirus: why 2020 upheaval won't kill globalisation

Sep 10, 2020 08:58 am UTC| Insights & Views

The sudden stop of the global economy in 2020 has brought to everyones attention the interconnectedness of supply chains across countries and continents. Add to this the mounting tensions between the US and China, with...

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Economy

UK inks stopgap trade deal with Canada to get ready for Brexit

The UK signed a stopgap agreement with Canada, allowing trade between the two countries to continue under the same terms as Canadas existing treaty with the EU. The two countries are working on a new bilateral...

UN agency's heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic criticized as outrageous

The Clean Arctic Alliance criticized as outrageous the UN agency International Maritime Organizations (IMO) ban on the use and carriage of heavy oil fuel (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters as it would come into effect only in...

Vietnam only Southeast Asian country poised for economic growth this year: IMF

Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country identified by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be on track for economic growth this year, forecast at 2.4 percent. The IMF attributed the countrys decisive steps to...

S. Korea card spending up 6.3% during November shopping festival

Card spending in South Korea on Nov. 1 to 15 when the annual nationwide shopping festival FESTA was held amounted to 37.4 trillion won, rising 6.3 percent from a year earlier. The shopping festival drew a total of 1,784...

US to add 4 more in list of Chinese military-backed firms

The Trump administration is poised to designate four more Chinese companies as backed by its countrys military, curbing their access to US investors. The designations would increase the number in the list of Communist...

Politics

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner shunned from New York: Report

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were told not to return to New York where they originally reside prior to Donald Trumps win in the presidential election in 2016. It was reported that analysts predicted the couple is no...

Joe Biden win in Georgia certified by governor and secretary of state

During the recent presidential elections, the state of Georgia was flipped to blue with Joe Biden garnering more votes than Donald Trump. Despite Trumps desperate attempts to overturn the election in his favor, Georgias...

Donald Trump defends US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accords at G20 Summit

With less than two months left in office, Donald Trump has rarely been seen in public following his election loss to Joe Biden and refusal to concede. Trump recently reiterated his reasons for withdrawing the US from the...

Melania Trump unveils a sculpture installation at the White House

With her time as first lady coming to an end by January, first lady Melania Trump is making more additions to the White House. Melania recently unveiled a sculpture installation in the revamped Rose Garden. The first...

Science

NASA discovery: Hubble Space Telescope captures 'cinnamon bun' shaped galaxy 31 million light-years away

Galaxies tend to look very similar to one another but only vary in size. NASA and ESAs Hubble Space Telescope has captured one galaxy that has an unusual shape 31 million light-years away. The Hubble found an...

Mars mission: Elon Musk says first settlers on Red Planet will live in glass domes

One of the goals when it comes to the upcoming Mars missions is to colonize the neighboring planet. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently stated that those who would become the first settlers on the red planet would have to live...

NASA discovery: Origins of Blue Ring Nebula finally uncovered

Certain phenomena in space tend to go unanswered for a while and it can stay unsolved, at least it could be said for the Blue Ring Nebula. However, NASA was able to solve its origins after 16 years of remaining a...

COVID-19 cure: Mouthwash may kill coronavirus in saliva, according to new study

To this day there has yet to be a cure that is made widely available all over the world as firms are still undergoing more tests for a possible cure or vaccine for COVID-19. While frequent hand washing is key to prevent...

Technology

‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’: What are the crafting materials and where to find them

Assassins Creed Valhalla is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it was finally released this month. While some avid gamers may have already achieved significant progress in the game, some might still need...

OnePlus 9 release date is reportedly set for March 2021

The first round of leaks for the OnePlus 9 series emerged online recently showing that a major redesign on its rear cameras could be anticipated. Meanwhile, OnePlus is also reportedly eyeing a much earlier release date for...

Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 could be compatible with close to 50 devices

Huaweis HarmonyOS, also known as the Hongmeng operating system, is expected to launch on smartphones in the future. While a clear timeline is not available at this point, a supposed list of eligible devices has emerged...

‘Nioh’ remastered release date is confirmed with free upgrades on PlayStation 5

It is not a surprise that a game series such as Nioh is getting a remastered release on PlayStation 5, especially since the original versions were not available on other consoles except PS4. However, fans will still be...

iPhone 13 devices could have battery-efficient LTPO display making 120Hz refresh rate more likely

If there was one feature that Apple fans wished to see in the iPhone 12 series, it was the adoption of a 120Hz refresh rate for the display. While that did not happen in 2020, recent reports on possible iPhone 13 specs...
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