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9 months

The Next Commodity Super-Cycle

Does the rising price of industrial metals herald the beginning of the next commodity super-cycle? Industrial Metals have been increasing sharply during the last quarter. Global economic growth remains muted but is accelerating in emerging markets. In addition, capital expenditure in the mining sector has been weak leading to supply constraints. A short-term cyclical recovery seems more likely than the beginning of a new super-cycle.

9 months

Africa's Redemption

Africa is standing on the cusp of much-awaited change, its metamorphosis being driven largely by civil society. Whether domiciled within the continent or spread out in diaspora, young Africans across the world are developing a new-found love for their heritage, motherland and its blossoming yet somewhat troubled evolution.

9 months

ASIAN CENTRAL BANKS OUTLOOK

Since the Federal Reserve raised U.S. rates for the third time in six months, Asian central banks have not blinked. Unlike in past Fed tightening cycles, Asia is much more reliant on China, Japan, South Korea than on the United States.

12 months

An Intriguing Gulf Crisis

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt severed relations with Doha last week, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-enemy Iran. Several other countries later followed suit. The recent dispute between Qatar and some of its neighbours is the most serious dispute among them in years, and has the potential to further destabilise an already turbulent region. But the crisis also presents a potential opportunity. 

12 months

Brexit: A Difficult Divorce with the EU

The U.K. has officially begun the formal process of leaving the European Union. It promises to be a messy breakup, with wrangling over shared assets, finances and the future of trade. Top EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, has warned that Britain faces severe disruption to air traffic, nuclear fuel shortages and delays in moving goods across the channel if an agreement on Brexit cannot be reached.

1 year

Kenya is Back in the Spotlight

Located on Africa’s east coast, Kenya has been labeled the “cradle of humanity”. From a young age, children’s eyes are open to the real world, where they are taught to stand on their own feet by making their own decisions to survive in the wild. The country has the potential to become one of the most prominent African success stories thanks to its new constitution, dynamic private sector and growing youthful population.

1 year

Morocco: The Future Gateway to Africa

Morocco’s steady growth and political stability represent major factors of the country’s growing influence in Africa. Since 1999, King Mohamed VI has initiated major political and economic changes with a focus on renewable energy and sustainable development.