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Investment banks: the ranking

Finance. BI Intelligence · Events. Sign-in …. JPMorgan leads the pack for the first half of 2015 when it comes to global investment banking revenue across fixed income, equities, and banking, according to data-analytics company Coalition. — Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0700

Economic forecasts

Following the paltry 0.6% increase in GDP in the 1Q, this means the economy grew by 2.25% in the first half of this year. While a 3.9% jump in economic growth in the 2Q was welcome news, there is a growing consensus that such reports from …


China is a key player in global trade, accounting for two-thirds of world iron ore imports, 20 percent of coal imports and 16 percent of oil imports. — Mon, 28 Sep 2015 23:57:20 -0700

Brazil: the plunge

The slowdown of the once-ballyhooed Brazilian economy is compounding the delicate political situation for President Rousseff, who polls show is the nation’s most unpopular president since the 1985 return to democracy… — Mon, 28 Sep 2015 21:02:43 -0700

The Decadence of the People’s Car

Similarities between Volkswagen crisis and Global Financial/Banking crisis.. Nice piece by Prof Harold James comparing the two crises: So far, the Volkswagen scandal has played out according to a well-worn script. Revelations of disgraceful… — Sun, 27 Sep 2015 21:51:26 -0700

US data to drive oil markets this week

#Arabia and #EasternEurope Finance News. Having relocated from Arabia to Europe this will now incorporate Eastern … Oil prices fall on slowing global economic growth outlook | · Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to … — Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:31:00 -0700

Sustainable Development Goals

As world leaders brandish a hard-fought new set of global goals designed to improve lives in all countries, the question of who foots the trillion-dollar bill remained open on Saturday as financial pledges started rolling in. The United Nation’s … — Sat, 26 Sep 2015 17:55:19 -0700

USA/CHINA relationship

The United States and China recognize their shared interest in promoting a strong and open global economy, inclusive growth and sustainable development, and a stable international financial system, supported by the multilateral economic … — Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:44:06 -0700

Consumer Confidence Index from The University of Michigan

… “The true significance of these findings is not the diminished economic prospects, but that consumers now believe that global economic trends can directly influence their own job and wage prospects as well as indirectly via financial markets … — Fri, 25 Sep 2015 06:43:34 -0700

Coal in Asia and the climate change

As Japan helpfully explained, they consider building coal plants in poor countries to be “climate finance”, when the coal plants in question are high efficiency supercritical coal generators. The argument appears to be, the coal plants will be built anyway ….. If we wanted to reduce global CO2 output the most effective thing we could do is expand research and efforts to clean up coal and share our technology worldwide. For us (and I think it is unfortunate) that train has probably already … — Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:00:52 -0700