How interconnected are the economies of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan? Inflation and rates outlook for 2020

Ben Aris in Berlin January 12, 2020

In 1991 the Soviet Union broke apart and created 15 independent countries. But over the last three decades, while these countries are politically independent, the economies of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan (KRUB) remain joined at the hip.

OUTLOOK 2020 Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 1, 2020

Country’s new leader Tokayev has introduced spending and reforms after a first year marred by unrest on the streets. Behind-the-scenes power dynamics remain in flux. Drive to expand non-oil growth continues.

Kazakhstan delays big oil, airline and telecoms IPOs again

Kanat Shaku in Almaty November 27, 2019

Officials act amid market uncertainty after hired advisers say they should wait on valuations to improve.

IMF Blog: Frontier market borrowing binge

International Monetary Fund November 25, 2019

Rock bottom global interest rates have been a boon for so-called frontier-market countries, which have been able to borrow cheaply to finance their development needs. But there can be too much of a good thing

IIF: Game of loans, debt at record highs, climate concerns to drive up cost of borrowing further

Institute of International Finance November 22, 2019

​Without question, rising debt levels have supported global growth since the 2008 financial crisis. However, there are increasing questions about the marginal utility of further borrowing—and a lot of concern that a continued ramp-up in debt could sp