FAST FINANCELast week, volatility rose again when on Friday, US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen reiterated that rates would likely rise before the end of 2015 despite its earlier delay on emerging market growth concerns. While developed markets are seeing some slowing growth as a result of Chinese economic worries ...
September 28, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE We thank everyone who attended the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) in Edinburgh, Scotland last week. One of the audience polls taken during a session at GEFF found that 82% of delegates believed that it was always important for investors to incorporate their morals and values in the financial ...
September 7, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE The impact of commodity price, currencies and the Shanghai market’s volatility finally spills into developed countries’ equity markets but the effect was short-lived as NY Federal Reserve President William Dudley said a rate hike was ‘less compelling’ now than several weeks ago. Dudley’s remarks were followed later in ...
August 31, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE The surprise announcement that China would allow the renimbi to depreciate by 4.4%, thrust currencies into the spotlight. The term ‘currency war’ is back since it was popularized in 2010 by Brazil’s former finance minister Guido Mantega. Now, the competitive devaluations are spreading across the MENASEA region raising the ...
August 23, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE As Brent crude falls below the $50/bbl, pressure rises on many oil exporters to finance rising budget deficits to preserve their investments saved up during years with higher prices. Saudi Arabia, in particular, is likely to be active in bond issuance and its SR 15bn ($4bn) issuance in ...
August 10, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE Emerging markets are selling off in historic ways as a basket of emerging market currencies hits lows not seen since before the commodities supercycle began at the start of the millennium. Besides emerging market currency values, also sliding are foreign exchange reserves held by emerging markets, commodities ...
July 27, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE Following our special report on Iran before Eid, we follow up on the impact of the Iran agreement with the P5+1 on providers of export finance to the companies that will resume trading with the Islamic Republic and a look at growth in real estate investment by Iranians in ...
July 20, 2015Blake Goud