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Poland’s Booming Economy Relies On Workers From Ukraine & Belarus

The swift growth of the Polish economy has created a demand for workers, particularly cheap labor from the East. The gap is being filled by people from Belarus and Ukraine, many of whom used to work in Russia. More and more ads saying Job openings in Poland for different qualifications of workers. We invite both … Continue reading

Proving Yet Again That Global Weakness Starts In The U.S.

By Jeffrey P. Snider, Alhambra Investment Partners When commenting on any weakness in the US economy, it has become common even shorthand for any outlet or author to affix the conventional explanation. Suspiciously low growth rates and far too many outright contractions, especially in manufacturing and industry, are blamed on overseas weakness and the dollar as … Continue reading

Brazil’s Ex-President Lula Charged In Secret Petrobras Case, Report Says

Brazil’s prosecutor general has charged the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with participating in a scheme to buy the silence of a former executive at state-run oil company Petrobras, newspaper Estado de S.Paulo has reported. Lula’s name was included in the case against Senator Delcidio do Amaral, who in December was charged with … Continue reading

Turkey’s New Central Bank Governor Must Walk Political Minefield

By Iain MacGillivray Turkey’s former Central Bank Governor Erdem Başçi has bowed out from his position after five years in the job, leaving behind an interesting financial legacy amid growing political pressure from the ruling government. While Başçi managed to keep the Palace at bay and interference minimal, the appointment of his successor Murat Çetinkaya, a … Continue reading

Saudi Plans Stock Market Reforms To Draw Foreign Money

By Andrew Torchia DUBAI (Reuters) — Saudi Arabia announced a string of reforms to its stock market that could attract billions of dollars of fresh foreign money and smooth sales of state assets as the kingdom grapples with damage to its finances caused by low oil prices. When Riyadh opened its bourse to direct foreign investment last … Continue reading

Potholes Emerging In China’s New Silk Road

By Salman Rafi Sheikh, Asia Sentinel The acknowledgement by Xu Shanda, a retired Chinese deputy director of the State Administration of Taxation, last week regarding potential losses of Silk Road projects has drawn widespread attention as it challenges the prevailing myth of an indomitable and inevitable system in which ultimately all roads will lead to Beijing. The … Continue reading

Crisis In Venezuela — A Lesson From Saudi Arabia

By Eric Simmons President Nicolás Maduro has implemented measures such as shortened workday, increased federal holidays and scheduled blackouts in an attempt to reduce energy consumption across the country amidst a nationwide energy crisis brought on by severe drought. However, the energy crisis is only a microcosm of the Venezuelan economy and regardless of oil’s recovery, the … Continue reading

Petrodollar Pain: Is The Saudi Royal Family Preparing For Exile?

Members of the Saudi royal family appear to be preparing to go into exile as they are selling as much oil as possible in order to move their petrodollars out of the country. The declining oil price doesn’t matter. Clear signals are coming from the U.S. that the days of the incumbent clans are numbered. In … Continue reading

Does Argentina’s Return To The Capital Markets Signal Change?

By Luis E. Juvinao Navarro Argentina recently issued USD $16.5 billion in bonds as part of its re-entry to international markets, the largest issuance registered by an emerging economy.  The country’s historical proclivity to economic turmoil, however, suggests that Macri’s political changes might not deliver on financial stability.  It has been 15 years of Argentine absence from … Continue reading

The Case For Indonesia

By Charles Mautz, Chinus Asset Management During a recent visit to Jakarta, it was evident that Indonesians are optimistic. Investment managers, business leaders and taxi drivers all voiced their opinion that things are getting better and that the future is bright. Up to now, Indonesia has generally punched below its weight. It is often lumped together with … Continue reading

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