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Some Russian banks face a hard time

Some Russian banks face a hard time

Posted on August 20, 2017
Russian authorities extended the review of bank licences until 2019. The main reasons behind licence revokes are committing frauds or just having poor asset quality and high risk. This costs billions to Russia and already reduced the number of banks significantly. Even big banks are in danger sometimes.

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Oil prices slump, OPEC countries suffer

Oil prices slump, OPEC countries suffer

Posted on August 13, 2017
In the last years, oil prices fell 50% which makes several OPEC countries suffer. Although they decided to hold their production back to raise crude prices that doesn’t help all their members to balance their budgets. That might not change soon.

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The race for being the richest

The race for being the richest

Posted on August 06, 2017
Jeff Bezos became the richest man on Earth, at least for some hours. After a short, while Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took the lead back. The whole race is connected to Amazon prices now.

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The US and the UK is expected to slow down

The US and the UK is expected to slow down

Posted on August 01, 2017
The IMF revised its growth forecast for the US and UK for both 2017 and 2018. Behind their reasoning there are the political uncertainties and slowing growth the two countries face. European countries are expected to do well in the meanwhile and the global growth is getting a momentum too.

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Major shift in central bank policies

Major shift in central bank policies

Posted on July 23, 2017
The four rate hikes by the Fed since 2015 put rates between 100 and 125 basis points creating some room if the economic environment deteriorates. US monetary policy still has the leading role for global central banks, but it seems that a shift is coming. All this may lead to a stock market correction.

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