CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Unwanted consequences as early access to pension funds for Kazakhs drives up home prices

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 28, 2021

Populist measure meant to make housing more affordable for the middle class—but the effect might be just the opposite.

Emerging Europe strong on women’s economic opportunities but dragged down by low pensions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 24, 2021

Different retirement ages for men and women lead to lower pensions for women despite reforms in 2019-2020, says World Bank report.

Copper is the new gold

Ben Aris in Berlin February 24, 2021

Copper prices have been soaring as the post-coronavirus recovery gets under way, pushing up commodity prices, but copper has been supercharged by the digitisation of the global economy and the rise of the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

ING: Oil prices at $60, now what?

Warren Patterson head of commodities strategy at ING in Singapore February 19, 2021

There seems to be no stopping oil prices, with ICE Brent now trading well above $60/bbl. Clearly OPEC+ cuts are doing their job, while global recovery hopes are playing a big part. Will the oil price keep rising?

Kazakhstan: Government allowing shady banking minnows to wither

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet February 18, 2021

The goal is to allow mid-ranking players to compete with the giants.

Perspectives: Uzbekistan rising as Central Asian integration catalyst

Eurasianet February 8, 2021

China will play a decisive role in anointing Central Asia’s leader.

Buyout bid for KAZ Minerals raised after undervaluation claims

Kanat Shaku in Almaty February 4, 2021

Latest offer also does not represent good value for shareholders says investor. If copper price rises further, viability of deal may be harmed.

Minority investors say GBP1bn-2bn missing from Kaz Minerals buyout offer valuation

Ben Aris in Berlin February 1, 2021

At the end of October the two largest shareholders of Kazakh mining giant Kaz Minerals announced a massive GBP3bn all cash buyout offer to minority shareholders, as they want to take the company private.

bne IntelliNews OUTLOOK 2021 – index page

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2021

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