China dominates lithium refining but has only 8 percent of the world’s raw lithium, less than Argentina, Bolivia, or Chile. Even the U.S. has more lithium ore than the Asian giant.
MEXICO’S CENTRAL BANK PROMISES NO MORE INTEREST RATE INCREASES
Meeting on 25 May, the governing board of Mexico’s central bank voted unanimously to hold its key interest rate at 11.25 percent, halting its fastest and steepest series of rate increases on record.
CORPORATE BUYBACKS: THE SPREE CONTINUES
The spate of corporations buying their own stock that we reported in “Company Stock Buybacks Set Record, Spark Investor Complaints” (23 May 2023) shows no signs of slowing.
COPPER’S PRICE FALLS AGAIN AS GLOBAL ECONOMIC OUTLOOK DARKENS
On 22 May, the price of copper to be delivered two days later was $66 a ton cheaper than copper for delivery in August, the Financial Times reported, as traders expressed disappointment with China’s weak manufacturing recovery.
TOP TREND 2023, GOING GREEN, LIKE IT OR NOT: INVESTMENT IN GREEN ENERGY POISED TO TOP OIL THIS YEAR FOR THE FIRST TIME
Roughly $2.8 billion will be invested this year to increase global energy supplies, with $1.7 billion, or about 60 percent, going to clean energy projects such as solar and wind generation, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has predicted.
SPOTLIGHT: BIGS GETTING BIGGER
As forecast, the Merger and Acquisition trend which we have been long reporting would peak when the Federal Reserve would aggressively raise interest rates and cut off the cheap money supply, has indeed peaked. Indeed, they “slowed to a trickle”... and here are the latest “trickles.”
TURKEY’S CENTRAL BANK DRAINS GOLD, FOREIGN RESERVES NEAR ELECTION
The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey saw its foreign currency reserves dwindle by $9.5 billion from 1 April through 12 May and its gold stores shrink by $7.9 billion ahead of mid-May’s first-round presidential election, the Financial Times calculated from the bank’s data.
CENTRAL BANKS’ INFLATION BUNGLE HAS COST THEM CREDIBILITY
Last week, the Bank of England Museum hosted a “Festival of Mistakes,” highlighting notable financial blunders and panics of the past.
INVESTORS TRADE IN THEIR DOLLARS FOR EMERGING MARKET BONDS
With high interest rates and inflation easing, emerging economies are drawing a fresh influx of investment in their own local currencies.
THE GLOBAL DEBT MARKET TIME BOMB IS CLOSE TO GOING OFF
Consider this. As you are beginning to read this article, global debt is surging higher. In fact, global debt has never been higher than it is today. But in the few minutes that it will take you to finish reading this article, global debt will have surged even more.