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    1. FT Alphaville

      August 19, 2015

      Approaching the acceptance phase of liquidity's repricing

      Do remember that, generally, many people are worried about people being worried about bond market liquidity. This time...

    2. June 18, 2015

      Africa: a long game

      The “Africa rising” narrative — mid-to-high single-digit economic growth, rising incomes, an emerging middle class —...

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    1. The New Africa

      From Senegal to Kenya and from Morocco to Mozambique, Africa is enjoying an era of eco...
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      With a growing population that is largely ‘unbanked’ and a landscape that has embraced...
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    1. May 22, 2015

      Mercuria wins first round in Citi repo dispute

      Citigroup said it would “vigorously” pursue compensation from Mercuria over a batch of metal financing deals that went...

    2. April 27, 2015

      Ukraine takes first step to avoid default

      Ukraine has cleared the first hurdle in a $15bn bid to avoid financial collapse. Investors in Ukreximbank, the...

    3. April 15, 2015

      Old Mutual turns to African financial services veteran

      Old Mutual has turned to a 20-year veteran of African financial services to replace Julian Roberts as chief executive,...

    4. April 10, 2015

      Sterling falls to five-year low

      Sterling fell to a five-year low this week on a foreign exchange market experiencing rising volatility as interest rate...

    5. March 25, 2015

      Thermal coal retreats on fears over Japanese deal

      Australian thermal coal prices — the benchmark for the giant Asian market — have surrendered recent gains as traders...

    6. March 11, 2015

      Platinum takes Chinese jewellery hit

      Platinum, a precious metal used for jewellery and vehicle catalysts, is trading at its lowest levels since 2009 on the...

    7. beyondbrics

      February 24, 2015

      Guest post: the long, hard struggle in Ukraine

      By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank The crisis in Ukraine shows no sign of abating any time soon. Minsk I and II have...

    8. February 16, 2015

      China’s big banks sidestep ‘too big to fail’ capital buffers

      China is still probably the world’s best bet for generating global growth. Even as the economy cools, it is expanding...

    9. February 10, 2015

      Chinese banks bulk up in London’s commodity sector

      Under large chandeliers in London’s ornate Gibson Hall, China’s largest bank earlier this month celebrated its $690m...

    10. February 4, 2015

      Bearish bets on copper begin to fade

      Are copper bears closing their bearish bets? That’s the talk in the market place. Open interest — the number of futures...

    11. February 2, 2015

      ICBC buys stake in Standard Bank’s UK business

      Standard Bank said on Monday it had completed the sale of a majority stake in its London-based global markets business...

    12. January 27, 2015

      Return of gold speculator a bullish sign

      There has been much talk recently about how investors are becoming fearful that central banks are becoming a source of...

    13. beyondbrics

      January 23, 2015

      Guest post: Europe - what a state we are in

      By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank While we all enjoy the ECB-inspired feeding frenzy across all risk assets this week it...

    14. January 6, 2015

      Iron ore bounce likely to be shortlived

      Few in the iron ore industry will remember 2014 with any fondness. The steelmaking ingredient was the worst performing...

    15. beyondbrics

      January 5, 2015

      Guest post: a wall of money awaits Africa power projects

      By David Humphrey, Standard Bank Group Sitting around a fire in the middle of the Namib Desert, western tourists can...

    16. December 10, 2014

      Hungary cannot bank on state ownership

      The long saga of the Hungarian government’s battle with the country’s banks is entering its final act — and may end in...

    17. beyondbrics

      December 1, 2014

      Guest post: can Russia ride out cheap oil and the falling rouble?

      By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank The drop in the oil price has been long coming but the surprise over the speed and...

    18. beyondbrics

      November 27, 2014

      Guest post: Hungary's low lending rates are not a supply side problem

      By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank A new initiative by the government of Viktor Orban in Hungary appears to be...

    19. November 26, 2014

      Lawsuit alleges manipulation of precious metals benchmark

      A US jewellery company has filed a class-action lawsuit against Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Standard Bank and BASF alleging...

    20. beyondbrics

      November 21, 2014

      Guest post: one year on, Maydan is moulding the new Ukraine

      By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank The media will be focusing on the one year anniversary of the Maydan, what has changed,...

    21. FT Alphaville

      November 17, 2014

      Ever naira a fuel scarcity issue for Nigeria

      Nigeria’s fiscal exposure to falling oil prices is amongst the most acute within the Opec group. But as Standard Bank...

    22. beyondbrics

      November 7, 2014

      Rouble's slide revives memories of dark days of 1998 and 2008

      Source: Thomson Reuters The Russian rouble dived deeper to new lows on Friday, as the central bank’s decision on...

    23. November 5, 2014

      Iron ore tumbles to five-year low

      A lack of demand for physical cargoes has seen the price of iron ore, the key ingredient in steelmaking, hit a...

    24. beyondbrics

      November 3, 2014

      Guest post: taking a view on Ukraine amid ever-present risk from Russia

      By Timoty Ash of Standard Bank Ukraine is a fast-moving target, making any appraisal something of a work in progress....

    25. October 24, 2014

      Dollar ends strong week on soft note

      A strong week for the US dollar ended on a softer note as traders looked to a key Federal Reserve policy meeting, while...

    26. October 22, 2014

      Copper hopes ‘bright despite volatility’

      Copper is set for a period of price volatility as the market digests new supply but long-term prospects remain bright...

    27. October 14, 2014

      Palladium stands out from commodities crowd

      “Palladium is the outlier in the metal space,” says Walter de Wet, commodities strategist at Standard Bank. Speculative...

    28. beyondbrics

      October 7, 2014

      Guest post: which EMs are vulnerable to US dollar strength?

      By Tim Ash, Standard Bank It has been easy in recent weeks to get carried away with big emerging market (EM) currency...

    29. October 5, 2014

      Africa’s expanding financial sector draws increasing interest from investors

      When Bob Diamond, the controversial former chief executive of Barclays bank, announced that his new investment vehicle...

    30. beyondbrics

      October 1, 2014

      Parsing EM vulnerability to the "carry trade" unwinding

      The US dollar surged again on Wednesday against a basket of emerging market (EM) currencies, adding urgency to the...

    31. September 30, 2014

      Rouble hits record low against dollar after capital control fears

      The rouble touched a fresh record low against the dollar on Tuesday after reports that Russia’s central bank was...

    32. September 19, 2014

      Iron ore sinks to fresh 5-year low

      Iron ore resumed its downward slide, sinking to a fresh five-year low on Friday amid nagging concerns about weak...

    33. September 15, 2014

      Oil slides on fears over China demand

      Crude oil and metals prices tumbled on Monday, pressured by weak Chinese economic data released over the weekend and...

    34. September 1, 2014

      Palladium advances to new multiyear high

      Palladium has continued its advance, with the precious metal trading above $900 a troy ounce and reaching a fresh...

    35. August 28, 2014

      South Africa to issue maiden sukuk

      South Africa aims to become the world’s second non-Muslim country to issue a sukuk, announcing on Thursday plans for at...

    36. beyondbrics

      August 28, 2014

      Guest post: with talk of martial law and mass mobilisation in Ukraine, it is time for the west to act

      By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank The crisis in Ukraine continues to go from one worst case scenario to the next with...

    37. August 27, 2014

      Locals tap oil majors’ Niger delta retreat

      Royal Dutch Shell’s planned sale of some of its Nigerian oilfields to domestic buyers for $5bn highlights the rising...

    38. August 19, 2014

      Moody’s downgrades South Africa’s four main banks

      Moody’s, the rating agency, on Tuesday downgraded the credit ratings of South Africa’s four dominant banks as the...

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