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2018 was not a good year for investors. Not only did the global equity markets end the year with losses, there was also little money to be made from investments in commodities, gold or high-yield government and corporate bonds. One main lesson that ought to be learned from 2018 is that following majority opinions among analysts and market participants does not guarantee investment success at all

A World of Financial Gloom and Doom?

Why financial markets in 2019 may offer positive surprises, despite — and actually because of — the current wave of pessimism

Turkmenistan is not included at all in the World Bank’s “East of Doing Business” global ranking analysis and Turkmen state-owned companies have had serious difficulties paying their debts and meeting their financial obligations. The message is that investors would be wise to be wary

Turkmenistan still contrasts negatively with its Caucasian neighbours

The European Union is actively looking to increase its dialogue and cooperation with Turkmenistan withg plans to launch a fully-fledged EU delegation in Turkmenistan in 2019

Officially, China’s economy is growing at 6.5%. But car sales, a key indicator of growth, have stalled. China has become the world’s largest car market, but sales have gone into reverse for the first time since 1990

China’s Interesting Future, in 2019

If China has a problem, so does the global economy

the US economy expanded at a fast pace in 2018, as tax cuts and spending increases stimulated demand. The US Federal Reserve has continued to raise the policy interest rate as a result. Interest rates on US long-term bonds have increased less, as investors see risks to future growth and value the safety of US Treasury securities

5 charts that explain the global economy in 2018

The global economy started 2018 on an upbeat note, buoyed by a pickup in global manufacturing and trade through 2017

Governments need to supply good governance – and stay away from repressive policies – so that people can concentrate their intrinsic talents on acquiring educational capital: Those willing to work hard and play by the rules should be able to achieve a comfortable life. The challenge is to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth that fairly rewards entrepreneurialism without allowing the elite to hoard power and wealth

The Countries Getting the Highest Return on Education

The key to fostering a more educated populace is not financial – it’s cultural

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By: N. Peter Kramer | Tuesday, November 06, 2018

The US Elections of November 6: a referendum about President Donald Trump?

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World’s pension funds vulnerable to climate risks, study reveals

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Donald Trump: King of global trade?

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We can save the Earth

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The UN should open its doors for Taiwan

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Twenty-five years ago today, Arafat and Rabin shook hands at the White House. Did anything change?

By: EBR | Monday, September 17, 2018

Trump supporters: ‘the President keeps his promises’

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President Tsai calls on the EU to support Taiwan in the face of China’s action

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ASEAN can turn disruption into an opportunity

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Israel and Palestine: try something different

By: EBR | Thursday, September 06, 2018

Turkey’s next challenge: How bad can inflation get?

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Information and communications technologies (ICT) play an increasingly important role in our professional and private lives, and digital competence is of growing importance for every individual

Editor’s Column

“Spitzenkandidat” Manfred Weber is everyone’s friend (except Marine Le Pen’s)

By: N. Peter Kramer

Probably Socialists will be wiped out in the European elections in May; and also for the liberals the ‘political barometer’ doesn’t show nice weather

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