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Studies & Opinions. Страница 4.

Christopher Dembik Christopher Dembik

Analyst at Saxo Bank, France

Four reasons why the Fed should hike rates in September

Following Kazakhstan giving up the pegging of its currency against dollar to devaluate it by 20%, many countries could be forced to do the same in Africa, in Asia Minor or in the Arabian Peninsula, which would lead to even more volatility on the forex.

Steen Jakobsen Steen Jakobsen

CIO, Saxo Bank A/S

Iran and impact of lifting sanctions

“A drowning man is not troubled by rain” –  Iranian proverb. The proverb summons up why Iran and the US was and is almost desperate to strike a deal to lift Iranian sanctions.  

Hal Foster Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

A Spanish chef who loves Kazakhstan is translating the works of the poet Abai

Jose Luis Velasco became fascinated with Kazakhstan when he was a teen-ager in the 1970s. Over the years his fascination grew to the point that he learned all he could about Kazakhstan from books and Kazakhs visiting or living in his native... Spain. Although the 58-year-old has yet to visit the country, he’s become such a fan that he’s translated works of the legendary poet Abai into Spanish and Spain’s regional Catalan language.

Hal Foster Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Astana Opera Conductor Alan Buribayev’s bond with Kazakhstan’s signature opera, “Abai”

In 1944 the composers Akhmet Zhubanov and Latif Khamidi mesmerized audiences with the premiere of what was hailed as the masterpiece of Kazakhstani opera.  Kazakhs adore the opera as much as they do Abai himself, but international audiences were unaware of... the outstanding work until recently. That’s when Zhubanov’s great-grandson Alan Buribayev decided to make it a mission to help introduce “Abai” to the world.

Steen Jakobsen Steen Jakobsen

CIO, Saxo Bank A/S

CEE Explained: Growing up, at last

The collapse of the Berlin Wall continues to be the defining factor in the mass of territory spanning Slovenia to the Urals, but 26 years on, it's time for the region to leave behind adolescence and take its place on the global stage

Martin O’Rourke Martin O’Rourke

Managing Editor of TradingFloor.com

CEE Explained: Oh Mikhail, what did you do?

Former Soviet Union president Gorbachev may have anticipated a loosening of controls when he unveiled the twin pillars of 'glasnost' and 'perestroika' in 1986... Fast forward almost 25 years and a multitude of nations with competing and different interests dot the... map from Slovenia in the West to Ukraine and Russia in the East. Stretch that to incorporate the likes of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Siberian Russia and then you've got an expanse that pretty much traverses half the land mass of the globe.  

John J. Hardy John J. Hardy

Head of FX Strategy, Saxo Bank

Devaluation of Tenge

The reason the tenge peg was broken is the same reason for any other peg breaking – the reality of the situation simply no longer supported the tenge maintaining its valuation amid collapsing export revenues from weak oil prices, as oil is the lion’s... share of Kazakhstan’s exports. When a country like Kazakhstan is significantly dependent on a given basket of exports for its hard currency revenues, it is more useful to think of the country’s currency being de facto pegged to that basket of commodities than to anything else.

Hal Foster Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Once-high-flying Shumenov is back on track with a new boxing style after a stumble

April 20, 2014, was the worst moment of Beibit Shumenov’s boxing career. The 31-year-old, who held two of the world’s four light-heavyweight titles, fought 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins that night with the goal of taking Hopkins’ two titles.... That would make him the undisputed champion in his weight class.    

John J. Hardy John J. Hardy

Head of FX Strategy, Saxo Bank

Did China just float the yuan? Sort of…

The People’s Bank of China devalued the Chinese yuan overnight by almost 2% and announced a significant liberalisation of the yuan’s exchange rate regime, a move that has roiled currency and asset markets globally

Hal Foster Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

Aliyev lands a spot alongside Ablyazov in the money-laundering rogue’s gallery

For the second time in six months a notorious Kazakh has become a poster child for international money laundering. In early spring it was Mukhtar Ablyazov. Now it is the late Rakhat Aliyev. Both are accused of laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in... ill-gotten gains by buying trophy British properties.

Hal Foster Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

An intriguing commentary on the nature of Kazakhstan’s development model

...Once in a while, the monotony of the analytical gruel is broken by a real steak dinner – something you can actually sink your teeth into. Like a recent analysis in the Russian business newspaper Vedomosti that offers insight into Kazakhstan’s... evolving place in the region and the world...

Hal Foster Hal Foster

ex-Los Angeles Times journalist, journalism professor

A love story about Kazakhstan from a former Peace Corps volunteer

In 2004 the Philadelphia psychotherapist and her speech-pathology husband, Dr. Woody Starkweather, headed for central Kazakhstan to teach – she at Zhezkazgan Humanitarian College and he at Zhezkazgan University. The two stayed in Zhezkazgan for two... years. Janet wrote a memoir of the couple’s experiences, “At Home on the Kazakh Steppe,” that was published late last year.

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