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Commodity Prices

LNG Bust Could Last For Years

James Stafford | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
James Stafford

Commodity prices have crashed over the past year, and the market for LNG is no different. Over the past five years or so, there has been a flurry of ...

How to Manage the Commodity Roller Coaster

Vitor Gaspar | Posted 10.07.2015 | Business
Vitor Gaspar

The fiscal implications of the sharp decline in commodity prices are very large. The deterioration in the 2015 primary balance in commodity exporting countries is about 5 percentage points of GDP on average, with countries like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela experiencing a particularly sharp decline.

Oil Prices and the Future of Petrocaribe

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The risks of an interruption of the financing mechanism continue to mount up. Consequently, countries should intensify their efforts in favor of energy diversification and, more importantly, seizing the opportunity to reduce their own indebtedness with Venezuela.

Commodity Prices Predicted to Decline

MoneyTips | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business

World currency factors have a huge impact on commodity prices, since a relatively strong dollar makes commodities more expensive for overseas purchasers. The recent currency adjustment by China has had a huge effect on prices because of the size of their market and the abruptness of the devaluation change.

A Republican President and the Next War

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Nearly all of the Republican presidential candidates have been vociferous in their hatred of the Iran deal, and if a majority Republican Congress is elected in 2016, the Iran deal will probably have a short life -- if it has one at all.

How Commodity-Dependent Are Latin American Economies?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The end of the upswing phase of the commodity price super-cycle after its peak in 2011 has lowered economic growth prospects in most of Latin America. While that broad statement can hardly be disputed, chapter 3 of the latest IMF Western Hemisphere Regional Economic Outlook called attention to underlying significant differences among countries in the region.

The One Thing Every Business Dies Without

Andrew Winston | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

What do climate change and extreme weather mean for your business, your customers, and your supply chain? How do growing resource constraints like water shortages, or rising commodity prices, affect your value chain and your margins?

For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

The issue of rising fiscal imbalances is worth dwelling on. A number of economic observers have asked the question: Are countries heading back to the bad old days of rapid debt accumulation that may need to be forgiven down the line? Are these fears well grounded?

Elephants and Macro-Financial Linkages

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Global financial integration and the linkages between the financial and the real sides of economies are sources of huge policy challenges. A newly released book sheds new light on those multiple challenges.

Blatant Distortion and Manipulation of Oil Prices Laid Bare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What transpired on Friday was a brutal movement in the price of oil to the enormous benefit to oil interests. And for no reason that can be explained by either an interruption in supply, direct nor indirect, nor significant change in demand, nor economic data supporting the move.

JPMorgan Chase's Culture as Economic Parasite

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

JPMorgan, so accustomed to the profits of their prop trading not to speak of their full court press to dismantle Dodd-Frank, presumes it is being bullied, that, all in all, it is but "a tempest in a teapot" -- which should become their corporate logo.

Has Copper Lost Its Predictive Power?

Peter Hall | Posted 05.21.2013 | Business
Peter Hall

Copper is not a rare mineral, but it has a rare property: foresight. Pundits have often turned to the price of the orange metal as a reliable indicator of near-term economic direction.

How to Tell When Your Country Is Managing Its Riches Well

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Say that your country is blessed with natural resources. Oil, gas, minerals -- it has it all. New technologies are leading to even more discoveries. The future looks good. But deep down you worry that the bonanza could turn into a bust -- how do you know that's not going to happen?

The End of Growth

Robert Walker | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

When environmentalists ring alarm bells about what we are doing to the Earth, most Americans hit the snooze button, but when one of the world's most respected financial analysts says that climate change and resource scarcity are imperiling economic growth, maybe it's time to wake up.

Food Banks' Dire Warning

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business

* High commodity prices lead to drop in gov't food donations * Food banks increase food purchases, straining resources ...

Time Banks

Paul Rockower | Posted 10.20.2012 | Impact
Paul Rockower

"Time is the most valuable commodity we can spend," stated the ancient Greek philosopher Theophastus; in Time Banks, the idea that "time is money" tak...

What NGOs Want From the Mexico G20 on Food Security and Nutrition

David J. Olson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Impact
David J. Olson

I discovered that the biggest NGOs and NGO coalitions here in Los Cabos are advocating for many of the same food security and nutrition issues, but also have some differences.

Distorted Prices in Commodity Markets

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Take the case of the upsurge of export barriers in response to rising world prices of food staples. While a particular country might put in place such a barrier to keep food at home and prices low, the effects in importing countries are negative.

Imperiling People, Posterity, and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 05.16.2012 | Green
Robert Walker

John Beddington, the U.K.'s chief science adviser, three years ago gave a speech in which he warned that population growth, climate change, and the world's rising demand for food, energy, and water constituted a "perfect storm" that could destabilize the world by 2030, or sooner.

'Fear Has Been Gold's Best Friend'

AP | MATTHEW CRAFT and BERNARD CONDON | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — The price of gold, which has climbed for years like a blood pressure reading for anxious investors, plunged Wednesday to its lowest l...

People Still Crave This Even At High Prices

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business

(Adds details, comments on tea) By Martinne Geller and Carey Gillam CHICAGO, March 12 (Reuters) - Consumers are shunning...

Expect Restaurants To Get Even More Expensive In 2012

Posted 01.10.2012 | Home

Last week, Starbucks raised a fracas when it announced its plans to raise prices in some regions by an average of about one percent. Prices at the cof...

Agency Reverses Controversial Decision To Cut Agriculture Reports

AP | Posted 12.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Agriculture Department is reinstating several reports that it had targeted for elimination two months ago in a cost-cutting move. T...

Many Expect Rising Food Prices To Cut Into Holiday Spending

Posted 01.01.2012 | Business

More than a third of consumers expect rising food prices to cause them to cut back on holiday spending, a new survey showed on Tuesday. A total...

Commodities Trading Regulator Filed Record Actions In Past Year

AP | Posted 12.07.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A federal agency that regulates commodities trading says it brought the most enforcement actions it has in its 37-year history during th...