Category Archive: Commodities

S&P Global Ratings assesses the outlook for American generators post-withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord

Earlier this month, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 UN Paris Agreement on climate change. Signalling a hiatus for the country’s decarbonisation efforts, the move reverberated not only across America but through the world. In light of the unprecedented withdrawal, S&P Global Ratings has published its report, “Withdrawal …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Aneesh Prabhu warns against mishedging by American generators in Energy Voice

American power generators now operate in a markedly changed landscape. The switch to natural gas – the largest fuel switch in the industry’s history – weakening demand growth, along with the rise of both renewables and disruptive technologies have all contributed to such market dislocation. And given that such pressures have increased market volatility, generators …

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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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