World economy

Global famine is a scandal, but it’s not news

Donato Ndongo | We know the Earth produces enough food to feed its 7.5 million inhabitants. But 11% of them die every year due to famine or a lack of drinkable water. So 815 million people, including 5.6 million children.



Argentina has officially asked for help from the IMF

Argentina Puts Itself Into The Hands Of The IMF

President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, has not taken long to see the writing on the wall: he has officially asked for help from the IMF. On Monday, the peso/$ devalued 5%, which is a savage drop. Domestic and foreign equity have completely lost confidence in the economic governance and have fled terrified, with huge losses, given the peso’s accumulated depreciation.




Global oil demand continues to grow at a rapid pace

Geopolitics Could De-Anchor Long Dated Oil

Near-dated crude oil prices have rallied on robust demand and falling inventories, but long-dated prices have not moved. BoAML’s analysts see close to 1.5 mn b/d of output oil facing some risk of disruption, primarily across Venezuela, Iran, and Libya.




Equity buybacks began around three decades ago

Why Investors And Companies Like Buybacks

Stock repurchases by corporates have by far been the most dominant source of demand for American equites in the current bull market. According to figures of AXA IM, equity buybacks since the global financial crisis, for S&P 500 companies, have totalled more than US$3.5tn, continuing a phenomenon that began around three decades ago.


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Debt as the current biggest economic threat

The biggest economic threat today is not the interest rate, nor the exchange rates, nor the possible trade war fuelled by Trump: it’s the debt accumulated by countries across the world. This has increased 12% of GDP since the crisis, totalling 225% of global GDP. Starting with China, followed by Europe and ending up with the US, the threat from the current and future debt is terrifying.