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17.09.2017 13:50 Russia cuts interest rate for 4th time this year

Russia`s central bank has cut its key interest rate to 8.5 percent, the fourth reductions this year as inflation hits a record low. The bank said it took the decision to slice 50 points off the rate after "inflation expectations resumed their decline". In a statement, the Russian bank said it would "continue to conduct a moderately tight monetary policy" in order to maintain inflation close to 4%. But it also said that "during the next two quarters, the Bank of Russia deems it possible to cut the key rate further." The central bank is still struggling to breathe life into the Russian economy as it slowly emerges from the longest recession of President Vladimir Putin`s rule on the bank of low oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. The bank dramatically increased its interest rates following the crash of the ruble in late 2014 and has been gradually chipping away at the key rate since then in bid to bolster the economy. After three consecutive cuts, the bank chose to not to lower them further during its last meeting in July due to a worries over inflation. But those fears proved unfounded and inflation in August fell to a post-Soviet low of 3.3 percent.

13.09.2017 00:20 Why War with North Korea Could Cost Trillions of Dollars

War with North Korea could result in the death of fifty thousand or more Americans and more than two million Korean casualties. However, the economic cost would be massive, too, running into potentially trillions of dollars for the United States, while damaging Asias biggest economies. The 19501953 Korean War caused 33,651 U.S. casualties and cost the United States an estimated $20 billion. For South Korea, it caused 1.2 million deaths and saw the value of its gross domestic product (GDP) slump by more than 80 percent. However, the cost of a second Korean War would be far greater, according to Capital Economics.

10.09.2017 13:45 BRICS contributes to economic growth, citizen welfare

BRICS`s economic agenda is helping to build a new system for innovation, which will improve the welfare of citizens and boost economic growth of the bloc`s members, Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has said. "By and large, the economic agenda of BRICS will help us to build an entirely new innovation system, at times differing from those imposed standards that our partners have, an economic system that will be both sovereign and, at the same time, permeated with integration. And this will allow our citizens to improve their welfare ... allow us to develop our economy," Shuvalov told Xinhua in a recent interview. Shuvalov said during the Third Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) here on Sept 6-7 that BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, is at "a serious stage of its formation" and that it takes time to build a big, powerful organization. "From what we see, the leaders are determined to move forward in accordance with this plan," he said.

08.09.2017 20:31 Expanded BRICS cooperation benefits global economy

Israeli experts commend the BRICS bloc of five emerging economies for its seeking expanded cooperation and partnership, which they believe will benefit the global economy. The just-concluded BRICS summit, held in the Chinese coastal city of Xiamen at a time when the bloc enters its second decade, has attracted a close attention from the Israeli political and economic circles. The bloc grouping Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa is seeking to enhance cooperation in and outside it as well as to expand partnerships with especially developing countries in order to boost global growth and globalization. Israeli Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen highly agrees with the BRICS initiatives of jointly building an open global economy and establishing diverse development partnerships. "Every nation in the world is looking forward to expanding and strengthening their economic ability," he told Xinhua Thursday. "We are a globalized world and we need to work together in order to achieve our mutual goals."

05.09.2017 17:53 Minister of Economy expects inflation to rise in Ukraine

Stepan Kubiv, Acting Head of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, in his last interview to representatives of the central mass media, noted that by the end of this year the country`s economy expects inflation rate of 11 percent, and by the end of the year GDP growth, which will not be more than two percent. Mr. Kubiv noted that in the final quarter of this year a number of internal as well as external factors will play a role in the Ukrainian economy. For example, among the domestic factors, the minister - called a real assessment of the state budget next year, as well as the need for a deep pension reform, for which a preliminary reading had already taken place. The head of the department and the direction for the country`s economy were designated for its innovative and investment restructuring and modernization. Among the external factors, the impact of global market mechanisms, past and forthcoming elections in a number of European states, sanctions and positions of a number of Asian countries: India, Turkey, China and Japan.

05.09.2017 12:40 Is Russia`s Arms Industry About to Fall Off a Cliff?

Is Russia on the verge of seeing one of its last major export industries fall off? A recent SIPRI report paints a grim picture of the future of Russian arms exports, squeezed by the West on one side and (increasingly) by China on the other. The report suggests that as Chinese arms catch up in terms of technology and reliability, Russia will struggle to hold onto its position as an arms exporter. To be sure, Russia has tenaciously held on to its market share over the last decade, despite some technical stagnation and the growing sophistication of Chinese arms. But keeping its place may simply be untenable in the long run.

02.09.2017 11:30 SEB: The world economic situation is improving

Late-cycle growth forces are lifting the global economy, which will expand faster than the historical average throughout our 2017-2019 forecast period. But forecasts point to a complex balancing act between dramatic political events and classic cyclical issues such as the sustainability of growth, the resource situation and inflationary forces, according to SEB economists writing in the September 2017 issue of the quarterly Nordic Outlook report. So far this year, statistics have provided renewed support for a high Swedish GDP forecast. There are mounting risks of overheating, and Sweden`s Riksbank will hike its key interest rate twice in 2018 and three times in 2019 to 0.75 per cent. Despite dark political clouds, activity has surprised on the upside in many economies - for example in China, Japan and the euro zone as well as in the Nordic and Baltic countries - driven by ever-stronger labour markets, rising resource utilisation, increased trade and higher asset prices. Aside from greater georpolitical risks, there are also major social challenges such as economic inequality, ageing populations and sectoral job losses due to digitisation and automation. GDP growth in the 35 mostly affluent countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will reach 2.1 per cent this year and in 2018, then slow to 1.9 per cent in 2019.

29.08.2017 14:37 Roads And Fools In Russia: Not All That Glitters Is Silk Road

The collapse of the Soviet Union gave rise to a vast archipelago of unclaimed man-made objects and land in Russia and beyond. Thousands upon thousands of roads, bridges, water pipes, gas pipes, power grids, cemeteries, farmland, and more have passed from state hands to no one in the last 26 years. These assets aren`t just lying around. They`re being used. Without proprietors, inefficiencies, corruption, and extensive shadow economies pop up around them. China`s Belt and Road Initiative packaged in part as a driver of development for Russia and Central Asia dodges the myriad issues facing municipalities in the region as a result of the absence of legal responsibility for infrastructure in use. Building new roads and rails to transit goods does little to help the legal chaos surrounding ownerless assets, reiterating the extent to which China`s avowed virtue of non-interference in the domestic affairs` of others handicaps the utility of projects ostensibly meant to encourage development.

27.08.2017 11:26 Gold is doing better than U.S. stocks this year

Why gold is considered an investing safe haven? Wall Street`s conflicting emotions of fear and greed are duking it out right before our eyes. Greed is obviously alive and well. Confidence in the American economy has lifted the S&P 500 to an impressive 9% jump this year. But gold, which is thought of as a safe place during times of fear, is doing even better. The precious metal has soared 12% this year to nearly $1,300 an ounce, putting it on track for the best performance since 2010. So, what gives? Believe it or not, it`s not that rare for both gold and stocks to do well at the same time. Just last year, gold jumped 8.6%, nearly besting the S&P 500`s gain of 9.5%. Gold also soared nearly 30% in 2010, a year when the U.S. market rose a very healthy 13%. Both gold and the S&P 500 were up about 23% in 2009 as well. "It`s a bit surprising, but it`s not that unusual," said Ed Yardeni, president of investment advisory Yardeni Research. And in some ways it makes sense given the mixed emotions displayed lately by CNNMoney`s Fear & Greed Index, which measures market sentiment. Fear & Greed is currently flashing "extreme fear," but just one month ago it was sitting comfortably in "extreme greed."

23.08.2017 20:12 How Russia may benefit from North Korean sanctions

UN trade sanctions against North Korea can benefit the economy of the Russian Far East as it will open opportunities for raw material exports from the region as well as seafood shipments to China. The UN Security Council on August 5 in response to the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles by Pyongyang unanimously adopted a resolution toughening sanctions against North Korea. The sanctions prohibit increasing the number of overseas workers from the North, creating new joint ventures with the country and importing coal, iron, lead and seafood from North Korea. That may create a supply shortfall in the Asia-Pacific market that Russia is ready to fill. Coal, iron, lead and seafood, Russia hardly buys any of these from North Korea, as it has plenty of its own raw materials and exports a good number of them,Artyom Lukin, associate professor of International Relations at the Far Eastern Federal University, said in an interview.


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