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  1. April 8, 2014

    Mint ratio points to risk appetite worries

    After the “pennant” we noted in the Brent crude chart, we can see a similar formation for silver. A nine-month range from...

  2. April 8, 2014

    Turkey announces euro bond issue

    Turkey announced on Tuesday plans to issue a euro-denominated bond to cover its remaining external financing needs for the...

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  1. Africa: Banking and Finance

    With a growing population that is largely ‘unbanked’ and a landscape that has embraced...
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  1. beyondbrics

    April 8, 2014

    Ukraine adds to fears over South Africa food inflation

    South Africans have endured a torrid few months. Drought, floods, a presidential expenses scandal, rolling blackouts and a...

  2. April 7, 2014

    Ample stocks mute platinum strike effect

    Ample stocks are keeping the price of platinum in check even as industrial action in South Africa, the world’s biggest...

  3. beyondbrics

    April 1, 2014

    South Africa palladium ETFs launch on a high note

    Two new exchange traded funds giving investors access to South Africa’s palladium market have hit the ground running....

  4. April 1, 2014

    Downward pressure exerted on gold

    When this column looked at gold just two weeks ago, we noted that recent weakness at least had not seen the price break the...

  5. March 27, 2014

    Nickel trade poised for longs and shorts battle

    Colleagues last week noted how nickel has been the star performer among the industrial metals this year. It has come off...

  6. March 27, 2014

    Japan buyers rush to snap up gold as tax rise looms

    A landmark increase in Japan’s sales tax has led to a rush for small gold bars as retail investors pile into the precious...

  7. March 13, 2014

    Iron ore pulls away from 18-month low

    Iron ore, the main commodity used in steelmaking, continued to pull away from Monday’s 18-month low as buyers returned to...

  8. March 7, 2014

    Copper tumbles after China bond default

    Copper dropped to a seven-month low in heavy volume after a bond default in China added to growing concerns about slowing...

  9. beyondbrics

    March 5, 2014

    Ukraine in crisis: all clear or eye of the storm?

    The Ukraine crisis has entered its “wait and see” phase. Does this mark the beginning of a peaceful resolution or is it the...

  10. beyondbrics

    February 19, 2014

    Guest post: possible knock-on effects of the Ukraine crisis

    By Timonthy Ash of Standard Bank With the dramatic events in Kiev and beyond, investors are asking what contagion risks are...

  11. February 19, 2014

    China jockeys for seat at gold ‘fix’ table

    South Africa’s Standard Bank, which is selling its UK-based markets division to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, has...

  12. February 16, 2014

    Shanduka braces for departure of key investor Ramaphosa

    As South Africa’s election campaign gathers pace, Cyril Ramaphosa, the business tycoon, has ditched his pristine suits for...

  13. February 14, 2014

    Gold posts highest weekly gain in six months as dollar weakens

    Gold posted its highest weekly gain in six months, rising as much as 4 per cent to $1,320 a troy ounce on Friday, lifted by...

  14. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2014

    Ukraine: how stressed can you get?

    We did this a couple of days ago but here it is again: the $1.6bn bond of Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state gas company, due on...

  15. February 10, 2014

    Silver positioned for a break higher

    The latest data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission shows that in the week ending February 4, speculator positions...

  16. January 29, 2014

    Standard Bank to sell control of London arm for $765m

    Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is set to become the first large state-owned Chinese lender to set up significant...

  17. beyondbrics

    January 28, 2014

    Turkey: ready to embrace orthodoxy?

    Is Turkey about to embrace orthodoxy? The timing of Tuesday’s eagerly-awaited midnight announcement from the central bank’s...

  18. January 23, 2014

    FCA fines Standard Bank £7.6m for lax money-laundering controls

    The UK’s financial watchdog has fined Standard Bank £7.6m for lax money-laundering controls, in the first such case against...

  19. beyondbrics

    January 23, 2014

    Davos 2014: debunking two of Africa's growth myths

    Africa needs infrastructure above everything else, but doesn’t have enough finance. True? Not quite, perhaps. Prior to a...

  20. beyondbrics

    January 21, 2014

    Turkey's interest rates: sowing confusion

    So, Turkey’s central bank has passed up a chance to affirm its independence and, apparently, bowed to political pressure by...

  21. beyondbrics

    January 20, 2014

    Ukraine's sliding currency

    Source: Thomson Reuters How long can Kiev hold the hryvna? As fastFT reports, the currency has edged down for nine straight...

  22. beyondbrics

    January 15, 2014

    Guest post: rising stars of the CEE

    By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank Emerging Europe has led the way so far in 2014 in new eurobond issues, with successful...

  23. January 13, 2014

    Iron ore holds firm in face of weak China steel outlook

    Iron ore held firm but remained close to a five-month low because of concerns about weak demand from Chinese steel mills....

  24. January 10, 2014

    Nickel gains ahead of Indonesia ban

    Nickel saw its biggest one day gain since October as traders unwound short positions before the introduction of Indonesia’s...

  25. beyondbrics

    January 9, 2014

    S Africa oil: time to look offshore?

    To date, South Africa has done little to explore its offshore oil. Geological data is old and out of date, existing...

  26. beyondbrics

    January 7, 2014

    Guest post: Putin and the Sochi Potemkin village

    By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank Vladimir Putin has been acclaimed by many as the man of 2013. He outmanoeuvred the west...

  27. beyondbrics

    December 24, 2013

    2013 in review: beyondbrics' most popular guest posts

    Alongside the various FT correspondents around the world, beyondbrics plays host to a wide range of guest writers, among...

  28. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2013

    Hello 2014: Ukraine's crisis may run and run

    Today beyondbrics begins a series of posts by guest commentators on the outlook for emerging markets in 2014. Our first...

  29. beyondbrics

    December 19, 2013

    EM vs QE: 5 reasons for the collective markets taper shrug

    When the US Federal Reserve first suggested that it would taper its bond buying programme, aka quantitative easing, aka QE,...

  30. beyondbrics

    December 17, 2013

    [picture] Yanukovich and Putin shake on it

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich shake hands after signing documents during...

  31. beyondbrics

    December 16, 2013

    Fitch puts Ukraine on downgrade watch as bonds rally

    It’s not a downgrade, nor even a change in outlook, but a statement issued by Fitch Ratings on Monday is still a warning....

  32. December 15, 2013

    Africa offers growth potential on a vast scale

    After a long and largely successful career in banking, Bob Diamond, former head of Barclays, could probably have his pick of...

  33. December 15, 2013

    South Africa groups look to underbanked

    Two years ago, Standard Bank, was promoting an initiative designed to stretch its services beyond traditional centres and...

  34. December 15, 2013

    South Africa credit boom sparks concern

    For nearly five years, South Africa has struggled to recover from a recession that cost about 1m jobs. Growth has been...

  35. December 13, 2013

    Sub-Saharan Africa tempts bankers as other emerging regions stall

    If there is one developing region that still excites bankers in the face of stuttering faith in the more established...

  36. beyondbrics

    December 13, 2013

    New York Headlines

    * North Korea’s Kim has uncle executed for treason * UN inspectors indicate chemical weapons were used in Syria * Demand...

  37. December 12, 2013

    Gold tumbles on Fed taper speculation

    Gold prices tumbled 2 per cent on Thursday after positive US economic data and a stronger dollar increased expectations that...

  38. December 12, 2013

    Standard Bank consultant detained in Mongolia

    A Standard Bank consultant negotiating a loan repayment has been prevented from leaving Mongolia, complicating the bank’s...

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