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Oil Windfall Greatest In US And Asia

Cheaper oil prices are giving a boost to consumers and businesses across the world. However, variations in exchange rates mean that some countries are enjoying a bigger drop in oil prices than others...

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Greece: On A Knife Edge

Greece faces a tumultuous year. The election of the far-left Syriza party has raised questions over the country's ability to continue with its troika bailout, and ultimately, whether it will be able...

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BMI Publishes Nigeria Election Primer

Business Monitor International (BMI) has just published a comprehensive primer on the forthcoming general election in Nigeria on February 14, 2015. This is the second in a series of expanded election...

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Greece: Implications Of Syriza's Victory

Following yesterday's general election in Greece, the far-left Syriza party is to form a coalition government with the right-wing Independent Greeks party. Although the two parties have little in...

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The ECB Goes Big: Implications

The European Central Bank (ECB) on January 22 unveiled a quantitative easing programme under which it will purchase a minimum of EUR1.1trn in securities. The ECB will purchase EUR60bn per...

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The Swiss Surprise

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) abandoned the CHF1.2000/EUR minimum exchange rate on the euro on January 15, and dropped the deposit rate to -0.75% from -0.25% and its 3-month LIBOR target range to -1....

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France Terror Attacks: Initial Thoughts

Details about the terror attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo are still emerging, and no doubt we will hear more about the perpetrators and their motivations over the coming days....

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