• 26 September 2018

Analysis & Assessment

  • Maldivian opposition declares victory
    Elections

    Maldivian opposition declares victory

    Maldives opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory in the country's presidential elections on Sunday. The vote, seen as a referendum on democracy, will decide whether the country's President Abdulla Yameen will win a second five-year term. The Maldives is an Islamic republic which lies off the Indian sub-continent. It is made up of a chain of nearly 1,200 islands...

‘Special Vehicle’ to facilitate business with Iran Geopolitics

‘Special Vehicle’ to facilitate business with Iran

The European Union said late Monday that it would establish a special payment channel to allow European and other companies to legally continue financial transactions with Iran while avoiding exposure to U.S. sanctions. Iran’s nuclear program was first launched in the 1950s, with help from..

IL&FS cause liquidity crunch Indian Economics

IL&FS cause liquidity crunch

The risking risk of loan default by the Infrastructure Leasing & Financies Services Limited firm raises concerns about market stability, which will be affected by the company’s failure to repay its debt. This can lead to unfavorable conditions for the money markts and the country’s economy. A stock market is where..

Instagram Founders Quit Business

Instagram Founders Quit

Fintech is widely seen as a disruptor of the traditional asset management industry with their heavy use of technology, low overhead and their millennial appeal. However, it remains to be seen if fintech firms can remain sustainable in the long-run with their narrow focus on millennial clients. Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook..

Is Bitcoin Actually Innovative? Technology

Is Bitcoin Actually Innovative?

Bitcoin’s trading frenzy and rising prices have attracted a great deal of attention and lured an increasing number of investors. However, widespread adoption will require true convenience and impactful innovation, both of which Bitcoin has not quite accomplished. Cryptocurrency is a digital asset (in other words a form of...

Fintech: for Millennials Only? Business

Fintech: for Millennials Only?

Fintech is widely seen as a disruptor of the traditional asset management industry with their heavy use of technology, low overhead and their millennial appeal. However, it remains to be seen if fintech firms can remain sustainable in the long-run with their narrow focus on millennial clients. The Millennial generation...

World Oil demand to peak at 104.4mn bpd: UNIPEC World

World Oil demand to peak at 104.4mn bpd: UNIPEC

China International United Petroleum & Chemicals Co., Ltd. (UNIPEC) announced that the world oil demand will peak at 104.4 million barrels per day (bpd) in the mid-2030s. This is up from the current of 100 million bpd. The law of supply and demand primarily affects the oil industry by determining...

Sino-US Trade War Alarms Japan World

Sino-US Trade War Alarms Japan

The recent trade tensions between the U.S. and China has been escalating, with detrimental effects on Japan and other countries that trade extensively with the two. Manufacturers in Japan are rallying by moving their production out of China to factories in other regions, thereby minimizing the adverse effects of the tariffs. The United...

The 73rd UN General Assembly Debate World

The 73rd UN General Assembly Debate

Leaders from around the world will meet in New York on September 25th for the Annual General Debate at the United Nations. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not be attending the meeting. The General Assembly is one of...

South Africa’s Economic Rescue World

South Africa’s Economic Rescue

South Africa is in a recession for the first time since the financial crisis of 2008. The President’s platform has been in economic recovery since he began his term, but he has failed to revitalize the country’s economy. He has now proposed an extensive stimulus package to support various aspects of the economy to help it regain its...

Op-Eds

Is there a proxy war today? War

Is there a proxy war today?

A proxy war is an armed conflict between two parties, either countries or factions, which is taking place on behalf of parties not directly involved. Generally there will be a long term relationship between the all those involved and often competing ideologies.

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