26 Apr 2015

Kazakhs find uneven playing field in Russia’s trading bloc

“Kazakhstan is holding a snap presidential election, with the state of the economy posing a major challenge to the incumbent, Nursultan Nazarbayev. As the country deals with the impact of the global economic crisis, its efforts at economic integration with Russia are proving particularly difficult.” Source: Kazakhs find uneven playing

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23 Apr 2015

More than $1 billion in U.S. emergency reconstruction aid goes missing in Afghanistan

“A total of $1.3 billion that the Pentagon shipped to its force commanders in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2014 for the most critical reconstruction projects can’t be accounted for by the Defense Department, 60 percent of all such spending under an emergency program, an internal report released Thursday shows.” Source:

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22 Apr 2015

EU charges Gazprom with market abuse

“The European Commission (EC) has charged Gazprom with abusing its dominant market position in Central and Eastern European gas markets.” Source: EU charges Gazprom with market abuse – BBC News

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21 Apr 2015

Europe Is Expected to Bring Antitrust Charges Against Gazprom

“European antitrust regulators are expected on Wednesday to charge the Russian energy giant Gazprom with abusing its dominance in natural gas markets, a move that could escalate Western tensions with Moscow.” Source: Europe Is Expected to Bring Antitrust Charges Against Gazprom – NYTimes.com

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20 Apr 2015

US spending $1 billion to reassure European allies

“From Army rotations to bunkered weapons, American military spending in Europe has risen in the past year in an effort to reassure allies nervous over Russian actions in Ukraine.” Source: US spending $1 billion to reassure European allies – News – Stripes

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20 Apr 2015

China’s Xi Jinping to unveil $46bn super highway to Pakistan

“China’s President Xi Jinping has arrived in Pakistan, where he is expected to announce investment of $46bn (£30.7bn). “ Source: China’s Xi Jinping to unveil $46bn super highway to Pakistan – BBC News

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19 Apr 2015

The shift of power in America as Wall Street bows to Silicon Valley

“It is a rebalancing of a power relationship between finance and business. Part of this is hard-headed calculus of where money can be made. In a low interest rate environment, the overcrowded hedge fund world is finding it ever harder to make good returns – and banks, in part through

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19 Apr 2015

Russia Loses 23 Billionaires to Economic Crisis

“The number of Russian billionaires fell from 111 to 88 over the last year as the country’s economic crisis gutted personal wealth, according to a Forbes rich list published Thursday. With Russia suffering a sharp currency devaluation and stalled economic growth, the total net worth of Russia’s top 200 wealthiest

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19 Apr 2015

How low can Bonds go?

“At the start of 2015, the yield on Germany’s 10-year bonds was 0.54%, which probably did not look very enticing to investors. Now, however, the yield is just 0.1% and seems to be heading inexorably for zero. Already the average yield on all German debt is negative. A recent survey

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17 Apr 2015

Angola’s sovereign fund allocates further $1.4 billion to Africa projects

“Angola’s sovereign wealth fund said on Monday it was allocating $1.4 billion to five new vehicles that will invest in sectors such as mining, timber, agriculture and healthcare within the country and elsewhere in Africa. The Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) said vehicles focused on mining, timber and agriculture will

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