Metal prices are at a 9-year high. What’s driving them up?


Metal prices have increased by 72 percent relative to their pre-pandemic levels—reaching a nine-year high in May (in inflation adjusted terms), according to the International Monetary Fund, which said that the increase has been broad-based across industrial metals—copper is up 89 percent in May (year-over-year), iron ore is up 116 percent, and nickel is up […]

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Global economy seen growing at 5.6% in 2021 as many developing countries struggle with pandemic’s lasting effects


The global economy is expected to expand 5.6% in 2021, the fastest post-recession pace in 80 years, largely on strong rebounds from a few major economies, but many emerging market and developing economies are still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, the World Bank said in its latest Global Economic Prospects report Despite […]

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Southwest monsoon hits Kerala two days behind regular schedule


The southwest monsoon hit the coast of Kerala on Thursday, two days behind its regular schedule, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. “The Southwest monsoon has advanced into south Kerala, south Arabian Sea, Lakshadweep and southern Tamil Nadu. The monsoon will make further advance over some more parts of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, coastal Karnataka and […]

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COMMENT – Colonial Pipeline hack: Implications for the future, lessons from the past


Forecasts tell you a lot about the forecaster, but they don’t tell you anything about the future or in the case of commodities the grammatically weird plural futures. When they do come true, it is usually a mixture of deep intelligence meeting immense luck. The July 1995 released film The Net, starring Sandra Bullock as […]

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Clean energy demand for critical minerals set to soar as the world pursues net zero goals


Supplies of critical minerals essential for key clean energy technologies like electric vehicles and wind turbines need to pick up sharply over the coming decades to meet the world’s climate goals, creating potential energy security hazards that governments must act now to address, according to a report by the International Energy Agency.  The special report, The […]

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Zaveri Bazaar may lose primacy to proposed hi-tech jewellery park in Navi Mumbai


Recent reports about Mumbai’s gold hub at Zaveri Bazaar shifting to New Mumbai is nothing new. Plans to shift the congested gold market in south Mumbai have been afoot for three years when Maharashtra state government signed an agreement with Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) at the Magnetic Maharashtra 2018 conclave during the […]

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Global cotton prices might be influenced by more than traditional market fundamentals, says ICAC


The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) said in its latest report that it expects global cotton production for 2020/21 at an estimated 24.6 million tonnes, led by India. Global consumption is estimated at 25 million tonnes, led by demand from China. Global trade, it said, was estimated at 9.8 million tonnes. The ICAC said these […]

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