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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.

21.08.2017 12:48 Russia`s growing abilities

Russia`s growing ability corresponds to its military, agriculture and economic booms. Russia has been a promoter of its defence sector and even working to improve various other important sectors. It has been observed in the past that after the creation of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Russia always have wanted to create a military alliance against it and nurture it towards being offensive for NATO. During cold war era, Russia was the headlines of US newspapers. Later with the emergence of new governments in US, Russia came to seen, as an opposing power. President Barack Obama considered Russia to be a weaker nation in comparison to America. But the president elect Donald Trump has different views. He considers Russia as a counter facing country and yet powerful enough.

17.08.2017 18:51 The Path to U.S.-Russia Cooperation

Despite the array of twists and turns since the start of the Trump administration, there is a chance that U.S.-Russia relations could improve over time. My cautious optimism depends on three assumptions. The first assumption: President Trump continues to remain interested in engagement and cooperation with Russia. He aims to contain and defeat the threat of terrorism, make progress in resolving the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, and address the challenges of proliferation. The agreement on a limited cease-fire in Syria, reached by Presidents Trump and Putin during the G-20 summit, may keep alive the former`s intentions to improve relations with Russia - an aim he has expressed consistently since the campaign trail - in the face of domestic political costs.

14.08.2017 12:48 Japanese economy posts longest expansion in more than a decade

The Japanese economy has recorded its longest economic expansion in more than a decade after official data showed that it grew at 1% in the last quarter. Recording its sixth straight quarter of growth, the economy blew past market expectations with a 0.6% rise in the April-June period, according to figures from the cabinet office on Monday. The better-than-expected figure which equates to a storming annualised figure of 4% came on the back of robust domestic demand and capital spending, which offset a decline in exports. Private consumption grew at 0.9%, representing a boost for government policies aimed at encouraging more spending. Consumption accounts for more than a half of Japan`s GDP but has been sluggish for years.


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