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Report shows $89 billion lost in underuse of European Union Free Trade Agreements

UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT The full potential of European Union free trade agreements (FTAs) remains untapped to the tune of almost 72 billion euros ($89 billion), UNCTAD and the National Board of Trade Sweden say in a new report. This is the amount that European exporters overpaid because they did not take […]

Cryptocurrencies are no substitute for gold

Bitcoin’s parabolic price rise was the big story of 2017 – putting the spotlight on the cryptocurrency market. While gold’s performance was a solid 13%, it was a fraction of the 13-fold increase of bitcoin by the end of the year. Download the report Some commentators went as far as to claim cryptocurrencies could replace […]

IMF Global Growth Outlook

The IMF is predicting an uptick in global growth in coming years, in part due to the impact of US tax cuts spurring investment and spending, the organization announced Monday.   Global GDP growth will rise to 3.9% in 2018 and stay at that level in 2019 according to the figures released in the latest […]

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