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12
Jun

The Global Economy in May 2018

Global markets in May experienced the continuation of the pressure being felt by emerging markets (EMs) as the US Dollar strengthened and US 10-year yields crossed the 3% mark, with the Federal Reserve certain to hike rates in June. Many emerging market currencies weakened...
08
Jun

LMD Interview – Tourism Sector Update (March 2018)

  Date – 15th March 2018 What is the tourist industry or Government doing to curb incidences such as Tuk-Tuk scams/ fake tour guides? Tourists are increasingly becoming more aware of it as, unlike in the past where you would depend on brochures provided by official tour...
10
May

The Global Economy in April 2018

Global markets in April were marked by a resurgent US Dollar, increasing crude oil prices, rising US Treasury yields and doubts over the sustainability of the synchronized global growth that underpinned market performances at the start of the year. Even as the US Federal Reserve...
10
Apr

The Global Economy in March 2018

Global markets in March were seen recovering somewhat from the volatility experienced in February. But the fears of a US-China trade war continued to affect markets through the month. President Trump went beyond his earlier tariffs on steel and aluminium, calling for tariffs on...
09
Mar

The Global Economy in February

Global market performance in February contrasted sharply with the performance in January due to the volatility in markets following the selloff in US equities which spread across to other markets globally. Markets have recovered to an extent from the selloff over the course of...
28
Feb

LMD Interview – Tourism Sector Update

  Speaker: Travis Gomez Date – Jan 2018 Video length – 4:01 mins How did the tourism sector fair in 2017? 2017 was a challenging year with the tourism arrivals target falling short of what was expected. This was partly due to weather related disruptions such as Dengue and...
27
Feb

Businesses need “cowboys” and “farmers” – here’s why

Jim Carroll once posed the question “Are you a farmer or a cowboy?”, noting: ‘I often think that art is divided between the farmer and the cowboy: the farmer is the guy who finds a piece of territory, stakes it up, digs it and cultivates it – grows the land. The...
16
Feb

Salient Features of the New Forex Act – Interview Transcript

  Speaker: Travis Gomez Date: 13th Jan 2018 Video length – 8:40 mins What is government’s intention with regard to the new Forex Act (0.36 -1.52) This represents a shift in the policy direction from one of restricting foreign exchange movement to one that is facilitating...
14
Feb

The Global Economy in January

Global markets started off 2018 on a positive note in January with global stock markets continuing to make gains and emerging market inflows continuing amidst major sovereign debt issuances earlier in the year. However, the month ended giving way to what has been a global equity...
08
Feb

I’ve failed a lot – Here’s why that’s OK.

A favorite question of mine at recruitment interviews and one we are always hoping to hear interesting answers to is “Tell us (if comfortable) about your biggest failings”. We don’t usually get good answers and this may be because, culturally we are not comfortable talking about...