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Dimitrios Theodorikas

Commodity Bounce

It has been a very volatile period for commodities since August 2015. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments in September that a hike in interest rates before the end of 2015 is very likely, put the U.S. economy back on the path to normality after years of rock-bottom interest rates. This news made Brent and WTI oil prices reach their highest levels for several months.  

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Alex Sholarin

REPORT: Abenomics: The true solution to reviving the Japanese economy?

Drastic overhaul was needed to resuscitate the Japanese economy and Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, believed he had found the answer. Abenomics is the broad term given to the economic policies proposed by Abe after his re-election into office in December 2012. It centres around three main tenets: aggressive fiscal stimulus, unprecedented monetary easing and fundamental structural reform aimed at consolidating Japan’s role as the economic powerhouse of the Asia-Pacific region.  

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Nick Hanspal

Why haven’t the U.S. raised interest rates?

At the beginning of 2015, the likelihood of an imminent increase in the U.S. interest rate seemed high. The unemployment rate had been gradually falling from its high of 10% in October 2009, to 5.7% in January 2015. On December 17th 2014, the Fed revealed that its long term full employment rate target was between 5-5.2%. With the most recent September unemployment rate revealed as 5.1%, it seems that full employment for the US is within reach. This along with a healthy GDP growth rate in Q2 2015 of 3.9%, above the expected 3.7%, indicates that the US economy is performing well.

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Joshua Marsh

Has QE helped in Europe

The ECB has been running its own QE programme since March 2015, buying €60bn worth of government bonds from around Europe every single month and will continue to do so until at least September 2016. Their main aim was to eventually meet their inflation target of close to, but not exceeding, 2%, after the Eurozone fell into deflation last December. But nine months down the line, has this actually worked as well as the ECB had hoped back in January?

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Rui Rodrigues

China Cuts rates

Last Friday China’s central bank surprised the world by cutting its interest rates for the sixth time since November, to help jumpstart its slowing economy. The lending rate was lowered 25 basis points to 4.35%, the deposit rate was also cut 25 basis points to 1.5%, and the reserve requirement ratio was cut by 50 basis points to 18%.

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