Category Archive: Commodities

Vietnam and Myanmar should diversify beyond Chinese trade, suggests Commerzbank’s Agnes Vargas in Trade and Forfaiting Review

In a relatively short space of time, Vietnam has emerged from a history of conflict, partition and poverty to become an industrialised, exporting powerhouse. The economy grew by 6.2% last year, and is likely to expand by a further 6.7% in 2017. Following closely in Vietnam’s footsteps is Myanmar. One year on from the election …

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Writing for FTSE Global Markets, S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Ferguson believes America’s nuclear sector is edging closer to meltdown

  Under pressure from low natural gas prices, the commercial viability of America’s unregulated nuclear power industry has weakened in recent years. In turn, discussions regarding the revival of ailing plants have turned to state subsidies. But can state assistance prevent the nuclear industry’s collapse? In an article for FTSE Global Markets, S&P Global Ratings’ …

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Crown Agents Bank’s Theresa Henshaw surveys the African currency landscape in an article for GTNews

African currencies have undergone tremendous volatility over the past year, with significant depreciations – as well as some surprise recoveries – making headlines. In an article for GTNews, Crown Agents Bank’s deputy treasurer, Theresa Henshaw, explains that the background to such instability has been equally fickle raw material prices. These have dampened growth and put …

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Natixis’ Abhishek Deshpande comments on oil supply cuts to the BBC

According to the BBC, major oil producers are considering extending their recent cuts to output in a fresh bid to boost prices. Although many countries in the oil cartel, Opec, and several other oil nations started to reduce production at the start of 2017, oil prices have dropped in the last few weeks over fears …

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Dominic Broom of ICC Banking Commission and BNY Mellon discusses Asian trade in Global Banking and Finance

In a recent article in Global Banking and Finance Review, Dominic Broom, member of ICC Banking Commission’s Executive Committee, and Global Head of Trade Business Development at BNY Mellon, discusses the changes to trade occurring across Asia. The article provides a preview of one of the discussions that will take place at the ICC Banking …

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Beyond copper: Commerzbank’s Robert von Oldershausen outlines the next steps for the Chilean economy in International Trade Magazine

2016 marked the latest year in a long period of unusual stagnation for the otherwise resilient Chilean economy. In a feature for International Trade Magazine, Robert von Oldershausen, Senior Relationship Manager for FI Latin America at Commerzbank, explains what has held back growth, and suggests the steps the country might take to economic resurgence. In the …

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What’s happened to FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa? Commerzbank’s Christian Toben explains in Banker Africa magazine

In an op-ed for Banker Africa magazine, Christian Toben, regional head of Africa at Commerzbank, sets out the challenges facing foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the continent, and looks for ways to bring them back up to scratch. FDI has been vital to the growth of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies. Inflows were promising over the last …

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Natixis’ Abhishek Deshpande sheds light on OPEC’s oil production freeze in The Economist

Following the decision taken by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) in November to cut production by 1.2m barrels a day – the first agreed cut since 2008 – Abhishek Deshpande, Natixis’ senior oil analyst, offered his oil market forecast to The Economist. While some speculators believe the production freeze marks the beginning of …

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Natixis’ Abhishek Deshpande discusses the oil market’s reaction to Trump’s victory on Bloomberg TV

As markets adapt to Donald Trump’s shock presidential victory, one key area of interest is the consequences for the global oil markets. Natixis’ chief oil analyst, Abhishek Deshpande, offered his views on the president-elect’s potential oil market impact to Bloomberg TV. “Given Trump is pro-fossil fuels, and pro-U.S. fossil fuels, in particular, it is likely …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Toben sees demographic dividends on the Sub-Saharan African horizon in Jeune Afrique

The UN hopes for “full and productive employment by 2030”. Writing for leading African political and economic magazine Jeune Afrique, Christian Toben, Regional Head of Africa at Commerzbank, notes that any chance of hitting this ambitious target will depend on the continent – home to about half of the additional global workforce expected over the …

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