September 4th, 2015
Listen as MP3 In July 2015, global prices of energy and metal commodities plummeted over the previous month. This reflected a sentiment of uncertainties in the global economic outlook, slowing demand from major economies, particularly China and Japan, amid excess supplies. The volatile environment in commodity prices is expected to persist for the remainder of […]
August 7th, 2015
Listen as MP3 In June 2015, prices of energy, food and metal commodities all declined over the previous month. This podcast examines the reasons behind these price changes and the impact of these changes on the global economy. Listen for complete insights.
July 29th, 2015
The effects of El Niño, a climatic phenomenon that can disrupt weather patterns, have been seen in parts of the world since 2015, impacting economies, markets and consumers. While some countries in Asia Pacific and other regions can experience poor harvests due to dryness and heatwaves, the USA can benefit from El Niño owing to […]
July 19th, 2015
Listen as MP3 The Chinese economy will continue to see slowing growth in 2015, when GDP is forecast to hit 6.8% growth compared to 7.4% in 2014. This slowdown reflects the country's priority shift from manufacturing toward a service-based economy. This podcast examines spillover effects of the real growth slowdown as well as the sinking […]
July 9th, 2015
Listen as MP3 In May 2015, global prices of energy and metal commodities rose over the previous month driven by speculative activities, while prices of food declined compared to the previous month. Listen to the full podcast to get the full picture of the global commodity market in May 2015.
July 3rd, 2015
The middle class in emerging countries has continued to grow and enjoy higher purchasing power since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis while middle-class households in many developed markets have had to cut back on their spending. Rising spending in emerging economies will create wide-ranging opportunities, but as the patterns of middle-class spending growth are diverse, […]
June 17th, 2015
The creation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015 will unite the ten members of the ASEAN into a single market and production base. This will thrust Southeast Asia into the spotlight, attracting greater attention from multinationals which have so far been drawn mainly to China and India. By 2030, ASEAN is […]
June 5th, 2015
Listen as MP3 The rebound in oil prices reflects increasing demand in China and the falling number of oil drilling rigs in the US, but it is too early to tell whether this rebound is temporary since there is still an oversupply of oil globally. This podcast discusses this trend as well as global events […]
May 24th, 2015
With emerging and developing countries accounting for nearly 90.0% of the global population and in the context of sluggish demand growth in developed markets, insight into what drives and shapes demand in emerging markets is vital in helping businesses grow and succeed. Euromonitor International forecasts that between 2015 and 2030, real consumer spending growth in […]
May 12th, 2015
Listen as MP3 This podcast discusses factors behind declining oil and other energy prices including falling demand and production/extraction innovations alongside other hard and soft commodities news.