As the leader of the U.K. during the global financial crisis that began in 2008, Gordon Brown has a unique perspective on what led to the Eurozone’s problems then, and what continues to keep the EU in a state of high unemployment and low growth.
After the global financial crisis, commodity markets became more correlated with equity and bond markets. That’s changing now, and it might be time for another look at the sector.
This should be the best of times for the aluminum business, but the metal has become almost impossible to hedge over the past several months due to a surge in the Midwest premium. How are aluminum consumers and producers dealing with the challenges?
Upon his arrival in 2009, Saracens Rugby Club CEO Edward Griffiths instilled a unique and unorthodox philosophy for his team that centers on people-building. The results have been impressive both on and off the pitch.
For some, talk of tech and the NASDAQ may bring memories of the bubble in technology stocks of the late 1990s and the painful correction of the early 2000s. But the tech sector of today is very different from what it was 15 years ago.
Technological advances over the past decade are helping farmers run their businesses better, but there have been limits to how much technological advancement the agricultural industry has witnessed on the risk management side.
The former China Bureau Chief for the Straits Times of Singapore and author of ‘When the Party Ends – China’s leaps and stumbles after the Beijing Olympics.’ talks about the country’s growing pains.
As we prepare for 2014, the world economic scene is evolving yet again with stronger growth potential in the U.S. and U.K., China encouraging market forces, and the European banking system still dragging down the continent.
Technologically savvy American farmers are using everything from simple text messages to GPS to biomass imaging in order to manage their production in ways not possible 10 to 15 years ago.
When it comes to market technology, emerging financial markets are gleaning insight from established financial markets and opting to self-develop solutions that fit local needs at the same time. This tendency is both positive and negative.
The effects of the commodity market volatility of a few years ago trickled down to grocery stores, and impacted prices consumers paid for dairy, grains and produce. Some in the grocery business chose to begin managing similar volatility through futures markets.
Precious metals like platinum and gold tend to offer clues to overall economic performance. South Africa, one of the largest producers of precious metals, has an especially strong influence in how the market views these vital commodities.