Asian economies better prepared for crisis compared to 1997, but risks remain – Mainichi – 26/07/2017

In the aftermath of the 1997 Asian financial crisis, countries in the region have put efforts into beefing up preparations for possible financial meltdown by expanding multilateral cooperation. Risks of crises remain in the region, however, as these countries are still likely to be affected by the monetary and financial policies of major economies such [...]

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Can global economy handle QE withdrawal symptoms? – Interactive Investor – 19/07/2017

The QE elephant in the room is rapidly becoming a herd. As of April 2017, the balance sheets of the world's major central banks had inflated to a colossal $18 trillion (£13.8 trillion).

Source:  Interactive Investor, 2017/07/19

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The world’s biggest economies spent four times as much on fossil fuels than on clean energy – Grist – 06/07/2017

The G20 (the richest countries on the planet) invested mostly in polluting energy between 2013 and 2015, according to a new analysis from a handful of environmental organizations.

Source:  Grist, 2017/07/06

By |July 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

5 Countries With the Most Invested in Renewable Energy – Energy & Capital – 17/06/2017

Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates that by 2040, renewables will account for 35% of the world’s total energy production. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates solar and wind alone will account for a slightly less optimistic 21% of the world’s total by then.

Source:  Energy & Capital, 2017/06/17

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Tokyo Nights May Soon Be Lit Up by a Country 1,700 Miles Away – Bloomberg – 07/06/2017

The lights of the high-end boutiques and bars of Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood may someday be powered by coal burned more than 1,700 miles away (2,700 kilometers) in Mongolia, electricity zipping over ultra-high voltage lines across deserts and under seas.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2017/06/07

By |June 8th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Japan’s nuclear dilemma: The search for energy security post-Fukushima – Asian Correspondent – 11/04/2017

Six years on from the triple reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan’s government has taken the first steps on the long and contested road to restarting the country’s decommissioned nuclear reactors.

Source:  Asian Correspondent, 2017/04/11

By |April 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Asian Nations Swimming in Debt at Risk From Fed Rate Hikes – Bloomberg – 10/04/2017

Twenty years after the Asian financial crisis and a decade since the global credit crunch, the region is swimming in debt.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2017/04/10

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Japanese investors dump French debt at record pace – FT – 10/04/2017

Japanese investors ramped up their selling of French government debt to a record pace in February as bondholders shuddered at polls showing rising support for eurosceptic candidate Marine Le Pen in the country’s upcoming presidential elections.

Source:  FT, 2017/04/10

By |April 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Japan’s energy efficiency performance (2000-2015)

A recent IEEFA report on Japan’s power mix explains why energy efficiency gains will also remain a key issue for the country. It also shows that they accounted for significant amounts in the recent period, as described on the graph below.

“Continued focus and action on EE is key to Japan’s energy strategy: increased EE can [...]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Map|Tags: , , , |

Key political calendar events in 2017

As illustrated in a recent Blackrock report, the political calendar will be much focused on Europe in 2017, with key elections in France and Germany and key deadlines in the Brexit process.

Key political calendar events in 2017

Source: Blackrock. Investment directions. January 2017.

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