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After reaching record lows, a pipeline shutdown and positive US economic data causes surge in oil markets

Are oil prices picking up?

After reaching record lows, a pipeline shutdown and positive US economic data causes surge in oil markets

Following weeks of volatility, a rally in oil prices should provide investors with some respite. After two big pipelines in Nigeria went down and plenty of good news from the US economy, oil prices rallied by more than they have in over six years. Brent ...

Africa’s paradox of plenty

Africa’s great natural wealth has become its curse so says Tom Burgis author of The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth

World finance spoke to the FT’s Investigations Correspondent to find out how Africa’s many natural commodities have become a burden   World Finance: Africa’s great natural wealth has become its curse, so says Tom Burgis, investigation...

Gadio: Markets will penalise Zambia for growing public debt

From excessive interest on local debt markets to unsustainable bond purchasing, Africa strategist Samir Gadio says the next few years will be unfavourable to Zambia

Samir Gadio, Head of Africa Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank, says markets are increasingly worried about the macroeconomic projections for Zambia, particularly as an election looms. Come back later for a full transcript of this video....

After reaching record lows, a pipeline shutdown and positive US economic data causes surge in oil markets

Are oil prices picking up?

After reaching record lows, a pipeline shutdown and positive US economic data causes surge in oil markets

Africa’s paradox of plenty

Africa’s great natural wealth has become its curse so says Tom Burgis author of The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth

Shell Arctic drilling gets the go ahead

Shell’s plans to drill for Arctic oil and gas off the coast of Alaska have been granted final permission by the US government

Measure of expected volatility in US equity markets reaches highest point since 2011

Equity investors anticipate greater volatility

Measure of expected volatility in US equity markets reaches highest point since 2011

De Beers to sell historic Kimberley Mine

Diamond company’s last mine in the 19th century diamond-rush town goes up for sale

Can Nigeria’s equities market successfully rebound?

The decline of 16 percent in 2014 is spurring fund managers to take their pick of Nigeria’s quality stocks, argues Elizabeth Ebi

Currency devaluations become less effective

A new study by the World Bank concludes that depreciations are less likely to boost exports due to global supply chains

Syria turns to Turkish currency for stability

In the rebel-held district of Aleppo, some tradesmen and activists are calling for the adoption of the Turkish lira

Rogers: The yuan the only currency on the horizon

World Finance speaks to Jim Rogers on the future of currency markets

QIB sprearheads innovation in Islamic banking products

Qatar Islamic Bank – the first Islamic bank in Qatar – is constantly focused on developing new and innovative Islamic banking products and services

Acting CEO to drive innovation and growth at Qatar First Bank

The newly appointed Acting CEO of Qatar First Bank, Ahmad Meshari, is one of the most influential names in Islamic finance, and looks set to lead the firm on to unprecedented success

Bank Nizwa prospers as Oman embraces Islamic banking

As the first Islamic finance institution in the country, Bank Nizwa is leading the way in opening up the promising Omani market for customers and investors alike

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has agreed to a $1bn deal for the makers of the “female Viagra”

Valeant agrees to Sprout Pharmaceuticals acquisition

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has agreed to a $1bn deal for the makers of the “female Viagra”

Can India find the next fintech model?

World Finance speaks with Gary Benson from Tungsten on financial technology in India

Microsoft suffers its biggest quarterly loss after writedown

Microsoft’s recent gains in new markets have been overshadowed by a multi billion-dollar writedown and a strengthening US currency