Category: Economy

China – Has monetary policy shifted?

Share

The People’s Bank of China (PBC, the central bank) surprisingly cut benchmark interests rates on November 21st. This has generated speculation that further monetary policy easing will follow, as the authorities seek to ward off deflationary pressures and stimulate economic growth.…

World risk: Operational financial risk ratings review

Share

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 26 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only five cases, but…

World risk: Economic/Political Operational risk ratings review

Share

RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 18 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only nine cases, but there were four downgrades. In…

Asia – Key economic/political issues in 2014

Share

Across much of Asia, 2013 proved unexpectedly testing. Demand from the US and the EU remained sluggish, while the threat of an end to the asset-purchasing programme of the Federal Reserve (the US central bank) sent many Asian currencies tumbling…

Iran gas: South Pars progress remains a problem

Share

Iran’s natural gas production has had a lower profile since the introduction in 2012 of US and EU sanctions targeting the country’s oil exports. Iran is estimated to have one of the world’s largest natural gas reserves, with nearly half…

Operational world risk ratings review

Share

RATINGS CHANGES There were changes to risk scores in 47 countries during the latest monthly updating cycle of the Risk Briefing model. These led to upgrades of the overall score in only 18 cases, but there were 17 downgrades. In…

Caribbean risk: Alert – Tax havens reach landmark tax agreement

Share

FROM THE ECONOMIST INTELLIGENCE UNIT In early May, the UK inked a landmark agreement with its overseas territories in the Caribbean, which will make it more difficult for UK citizens to evade tax by holding accounts in offshore Caribbean financial…

The Cyprus Test for Russian Foreign and Economic Policies

Share

By: Pavel K. Baev Jamestown.org The Cyprus issue has dominated political debates and intrigues in Moscow through last week, turning into a test of sorts for Russia’s ability to respond to acute external challenges. The financial disaster on the island that…