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Brazil: The Downfall of a Great Prodigy

Brazil’s economy is witnessing one of the fastest reversals of fortune in the emerging world. Political uncertainty and endless corruption investigations are the main reasons behind the country’s economic turmoil. Has the Brazilian economy reached the bottom, or will it continue to fall even further? The country’s best chances of slowing its recession are still one year away. The recent deep cuts proposed by the Brazilian interim government suggest worrying signs for the future.

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A Global Transition in Power

The United States' strategy has been to isolate Russia internationally. Evidently, it is Washington that is becoming more isolated on the global stage. This week in the run-up to the G20 summit in Germany, the reverse in fortunes could not be more glaring. 

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Money and National Security

The recent attacks in France, Belgium, Syria and Turkey earlier this year followed by the devastating mass shooting recorded in Orlando sent shockwaves around the world. Besides, conflicts in the Middle East and heightened tensions in the South China Sea have helped push global defence spending to a record high.

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The Revival of Russia

2017 could turn out to be a huge year for Russia. The significant involvement in Syria means that the country is back on the map, as a major force to reckon with. As it stands, the Kremlin is still concerned about the economic recovery. In addition, Donald Trump’s presidency adds a whole new dimension to the situation, and one has to wait and see the future relationship between Russia and the US. Commodity prices and the new geopolitical landscape are likely to swing in Russia’s favour.  

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The Secret Behind Singapore's Success

Singapore is one of the best places to be born in and to live in.  A great location, honest government and lots of foreign trade helped transform this tiny state into a regional powerhouse. Quite amazingly, a society destined to fail in 1965 has become one of the world’s greatest success stories. So how did Singapore become a success story?

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India's Certainty of Growth Leading to Instability

India faces an uphill battle to become a low-inflation economy where growth and inequalities are important issues. The current government believes that inflation is an acceptable tool to pay for faster growth.

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A Heated French Presidential Election

The French presidential election has been full of surprises—from former Prime Minister Manuel Valls’s failed Socialist primary bid to the financial scandal plaguing the campaign of François Fillon, the center-right candidate. No one has benefitted from these surprises more than Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, where a win of the extreme right wing candidate is looming over the bond markets.