Archive for the ‘Comment’ Category

Next financial crisis may eclipse 2008, OMFIF-British Chamber of Commerce Singapore meeting

Next financial crisis may eclipse 2008, OMFIF-British Chamber of Commerce Singapore meeting
Commentary: Next financial crisis may eclipse 2008 By Desmond Lachman in Washington It is difficult to forecast when the next global economic recession will happen. It is much easier to predict its severity. Among the more disturbing vulnerabilities of the global economy is the large amount of debt spawned...
March 21st, 2019 | Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Markets, News | Read More

Desmond Lachman on Brexit, David Marsh on ECB pressures, and more

Desmond Lachman on Brexit, David Marsh on ECB pressures, and more
Desmond Lachman on Brexit, David Marsh on ECB pressures, and more 11-15 March 2019 Vol.10 Ed.11 COMMENTARY Missing out on monetary normalisation The European Central Bank’s postponement of its first post-financial crisis interest rate increases exposes it to pressures which will weigh on the bank’s...
March 16th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Markets, News, Reports | Read More

‘Superstar firms’ fuel price volatility, Roundtable with Ambassador Patrick Suckling

‘Superstar firms’ fuel price volatility, Roundtable with Ambassador Patrick Suckling
‘Superstar firms’ fuel price volatility, Roundtable with Ambassador Patrick Suckling Commentary: ‘Superstar firms’ fuel price volatility By Pierre Ortlieb in London Globalisation and technological advances have allowed a small number of firms to become dominant within their industries....
March 13th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Environment, Finance, Markets, Reports | Read More

Missing out on monetary normalisation, Gender Balance Index 2019

Missing out on monetary normalisation, Gender Balance Index 2019
Mario Draghi Missing out on monetary normalisation, Gender Balance Index 2019 Commentary: Missing out on monetary normalisation By David Marsh in Boston The European Central Bank’s postponement until at least 2020 of its first post-financial crisis interest rate increase could mean it will miss...
March 12th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance, News, Reports | Read More

International Women’s Day – IMO women in maritime profiles launch

International Women’s Day – IMO women in maritime profiles launch
Today, IMO launches a video trailer for a forthcoming film which will showcase success stories of how IMO’s Women in Maritime programme has benefited women in ports, on the shoreside and on ships. A series of profiles of individual women also launches today, helping to inspire the next generation. Think...
March 8th, 2019 | Anniversaries, Comment, Events, Conferences,Forums and Symposiums, HR, News, WISTA - Women in Shipping | Read More

Fed to rethink inflation expectations, OMFIF-World Trade Organisation seminar

Fed to rethink inflation expectations, OMFIF-World Trade Organisation seminar
Commentary: Fed to rethink inflation expectations By Darrell Delamaide in Washington The Federal Open Market Committee is moving closer to consensus on exceeding its 2% inflation target to make up for the long period of inflation below that goal. Fed Chair Jerome Powell argued that inflation expectations...
March 7th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Markets | Read More

Weidmann ECB chances rising again, Launch of 2019 Gender Balance Index

Weidmann ECB chances rising again, Launch of 2019 Gender Balance Index
Jens Weidmann  Commentary: Weidmann ECB chances rising again By David Marsh in London The rising probability of a comparatively ‘soft’ British departure from the European Union has added to the chances that Jens Weidmann, Bundesbank president, could after all become head of the European...
March 5th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Markets | Read More

Italy downturn signals troubled summer, The potential for central bank digital currencies

Italy downturn signals troubled summer, The potential for central bank digital currencies
Commentary: Italy downturn signals troubled summer By Sofia Melis in Rome Luigi Di Maio, leader of Five Star Movement, and Matteo Salvini, head of the League, proclaim the strong partnership between Italy’s two governing parties. Not only will they retain power, they say; they will also implement...
February 27th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, News | Read More

The BDI@637: buoyancy a must!

The BDI@637: buoyancy a must!
John Faraclas The BDI@637: buoyancy a must! The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) remains in low levels “thanks” to the Capes’ continuous fall… Geopolitics still the stumbling block to see the Global economy move on as the US$ 250 trillion debt and protectionism are causing turbulances. John Faraclas’...
February 25th, 2019 | Associations, Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Events, Insight, Letters, Markets, News, Reports, Short-sea shipping, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers | Read More

Financing emerging Asia infrastructure, Geographic inequality and the rise of economic hubs

Financing emerging Asia infrastructure, Geographic inequality and the rise of economic hubs
. Commentary: Financing emerging Asia infrastructure By Jang Ping Thia in Beijing Despite much discussion and effort, private capital is still not playing the role it can or should in financing infrastructure projects in emerging Asia. Increased geopolitical uncertainty and shifts in terms of sources...
February 21st, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance | Read More

Midweek blues: The BDI@622 as Capes continue to disappoint…

Midweek blues: The BDI@622 as Capes continue to disappoint…
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) lost 13 points earlier on today “THANKS” to the cursed Capes… Geopolitics continue to be more than messy. John Faraclas’ brief recap: The Capes lost 72 points and the BCI now stands at 578 – it lost the 600 points threshold and things might get sour…...
February 20th, 2019 | Banking, Chartering, Comment, Corruption, Dry Bulkcarriers, Fixtures, Insight, Markets, News, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Keeping the peace in US-China talks, Roundtable on developments in the euro area

Keeping the peace in US-China talks, Roundtable on developments in the euro area
China’s Xi Jinping with USA’s Donald Trump Commentary: Keeping the peace in US-China talks By Darrell Delamaide in Washington Ongoing US-China trade talks are a skirmish in what could become a protracted struggle. Not a trade war, but a wider contest – hopefully economic, not military –...
February 20th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Insight, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Capes’ hiccups bring down the BDI@635…

Capes’ hiccups bring down the BDI@635…
John Faraclas Capes’ hiccups bring down the BDI@635… The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) lost eight points earlier on today and that’s “thanks” to the predictably unpredictable Capes! Geopolitics continue to be enigmatic and perplexed and wonder if there is any risk assessment in place...
February 19th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Insight, Markets, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

The BDI@639; recovery, rebound or reboot? Obviously NOT a correction…

The BDI@639; recovery, rebound or reboot? Obviously NOT a correction…
John Faraclas The BDI@639; recovery, rebound or reboot? Obviously NOT a correction… The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) ended up earlier on today with  11 points plus and 38 points also plus(!) since last week’s 601 (08 Feb. 2019). Geopolitics are now on the edge more than your imagination can think of…...
February 15th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Insight, Markets, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers | Read More

“Boosted” by St. Valentine’s the BDI stands at 628!

“Boosted” by St. Valentine’s the BDI stands at 628!
John Faraclas* “Boosted” by St. Valentine’s the BDI now stands at 628! The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) clinched 20 points earlier on today and many can take a deep breath yet again after a considerable time in wilderness. Geopolitics crates havoc all over Planet Ocean. John Faraclas’ brief daily recap: The...
February 14th, 2019 | At the end of the day..., Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Food and Drink, Holidays, Immigration, Markets, Military, News, People and Places, Piracy and Terrorism, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Sharp shift to Fed dovishness, Gender diversity in central banks

Sharp shift to Fed dovishness, Gender diversity in central banks
Commentary: Sharp shift to Fed dovishness By Mark Sobel in Washington The Federal Open Market Committee’s decision at the end of January to pause rate increases was long telegraphed and widely expected. But the highly dovish messaging in the Federal Reserve statement and press conference by Chair...
February 13th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, HR, Insight | Read More

Venezuela’s death spiral, Germany and the UK after Brexit

Venezuela’s death spiral, Germany and the UK after Brexit
Nicolás Maduro Commentary: Venezuela’s death spiral By Steve Hanke in Baltimore Under President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela has fallen ever further into an economic death spiral. Evidence of this comes from Venezuela’s inflation rate, which is running at 139,839% per year. At the same time...
February 12th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Country Profiles, Finance | Read More

The BDI@610: enter the abyss?

The BDI@610: enter the abyss?
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) was down 19 points mainly due to another asymmetrical fall of the Capes. Geopolitics maintain its momentum and we warn for dangers ahead; John Faraclas daily recap: The Capes’ BCI was a bit upsetting at 846 – minus 83 points as the 900 points-threshold has...
February 7th, 2019 | Art and auctions, Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, Insight, Markets, News, Paintings and Sculpture, Shipping Indices, Tankers, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Powell pivots to patience, Roundtable with Hans Vijlbrief

Powell pivots to patience, Roundtable with Hans Vijlbrief
US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Commentary: Powell pivots to patience By Darrell Delamaide in Washington US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell wanted to make sure everyone understood that the Fed has changed its stance and that patience is the new byword. Not gradual rises in interest rates,...
February 7th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance | Read More

The BDI@629: stuck, coincidence, the beginning of an upturn…? Time will tell!

The BDI@629: stuck, coincidence, the beginning of an upturn…? Time will tell!
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) remained unchanged at 629 points “offering” a deep breath to all… Time, as per our titles ending, will tell… We still advise CAUTION! Geopolitics still messy and perplexed and MP Costis Hatzidakis of Greece’s opposition vice president of New Democracy...
February 6th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Dry Bulkcarriers, European Union, Markets, Military, Politics and Government, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers | Read More

Central banks take on climate change, Hard currencies outlook – part one

Central banks take on climate change, Hard currencies outlook – part one
. Commentary: Central banks take on climate change By Danae Kyriakopoulou in Davos As 1,500 private jets flew into Davos to talk about climate change, the Central Banks’ and Supervisors’ Network for Greening the Financial System was holding its latest steering committee meeting in Mexico. The...
February 6th, 2019 | Associations, Banking, Climate, Comment, Environment, Finance, Markets, Reports, Stock Markets, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Election muddies India’s outlook, Rise of central bank gold demand

Election muddies India’s outlook, Rise of central bank gold demand
..  Commentary: Election muddies India’s outlook By Prakash Sakpal in Singapore Conditions are becoming murky in the lead up to India’s general election in May. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity is falling, and the losses of his BJP in state assembly and other by-elections...
February 5th, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Finance, News, Politics and Government | Read More

The BDI@634: tough times never last, but tough shipowners do

The BDI@634: tough times never last, but tough shipowners do
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) losses were very much contained and let’s hope the reversal might come soon although the damage has been done… Geopolitics not just perplexed but explosive. John Faraclas daily recap: The Capes’ BCI although it lost the 1,000 points threshold – an expected ...
February 4th, 2019 | Chartering, Comment, Container shipping, Containers, Dry Bulkcarriers, Insight, Markets, Military, News, Piracy and Terrorism, Reports, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Trade and Commerce | Read More

Desmond Lachman on US monetary policy, Danae Kyriakopoulou on Banxico independence and more

Desmond Lachman on US monetary policy, Danae Kyriakopoulou on Banxico independence and more
OMFIF Update  – Week 5 2019 28 January-1 February 2019 Vol.10 Ed.5 REPORT  The rise of central bank gold demand Since the 2008 financial crisis there has been renewed interest in gold’s unique characteristics as a safe haven asset that is nobody’s liability. This, combined with scepticism...
February 2nd, 2019 | Banking, Comment, Communication, Conferences, Seminars, Forums, Finance, Insight, Markets | Read More

The BDI@668; come hell or high water…

The BDI@668; come hell or high water…
John Faraclas The BDI (Baltic Dry Index) lost another 53 points today as well as the 700 points threshold; the Wets suffered too in a red day for all. Geopolitics as always enigmatic and perplexed and we are sending a warning, a red alert as things might get off hand; an economic war is far worse than...
January 31st, 2019 | Art and auctions, Chartering, Comment, Exhibitions, Insight, Markets, News, Shipping Indices, Statistics, Stock Markets, Tankers | Read More