Midyear Currency Outlook: Uncharted Waters Ahead

Otmane El Rhazi from Forbes – Commodities & Currencies.

At the start of the year, it was widely expected that global monetary policy will continue to hinge on quantitative easing. Indeed it has.

The Federal Reserve has been winding down its bond-buying program while the central banks for Japan, England, and the eurozone have initiated or maintained extraordinary measures.

Ten Million Green Revolutions: African Agriculture’s New Front Line

Otmane El Rhazi from Forbes – Commodities & Currencies.

Plastic water canisters are lined up in long queues outside the pump houses by the side of the road in Emali, Eastern Kenya. Dead stalks of maize stand all along the roadside, victim to a drought that has ruined crops across Makueni County.

Commodity Price Volatility: What Should Users Do?

Otmane El Rhazi from Forbes – Commodities & Currencies.

What can you do in your business about commodity price volatility? I’ve written recently:
Commodity Prices: Basics for Businesses That Buy, Sell or Use Basic Materials
Commodities Prices: Why Do They Shoot Up And Then Collapse?
Commodity Price  Volatility: What Should Producers Do About It?
This article addresses the concerns of businesses that purchase commodities. The price they pay can change sharply, putting the company’s economic viability at risk. Can commodity users hedge away the problem? And if they can, should they?

Euro Slumps Against Dollar On Russian Sanctions

Otmane El Rhazi from Forbes – Commodities & Currencies.

Fueled by fear over sanctions on Russia and its impacts on the eurozone, the euro slumped to an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar and it slid against the yen on Wednesday. The greenback held steady against several currencies.

The European Union (E.U.) toughened economic sanctions against Russia yesterday as a result of the Malaysian jetliner that was blasted out of the sky above Ukraine late last week. However, the E.U. refrained from imposing trade restrictions on energy, defense, and limiting Russia’s access to credit markets.