06
Apr
2016

Losses and gains - End of the downswing in raw material markets?


A short time ago, a decrease of the crude oil price to as low as USD 20 per barrel in the course of this year was considered to be likely. Now, we observe an increase in the price of Brent and WTI. Prices for metals – especially the gold price – are also on the rise. A turnaround?

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07
May
2015

Oily world- Causes of the recent oil price development and outlook


The price of Brent (Europe) and WTI (USA) crude oil has almost halved since July 2014. What was initially perceived as a sign of a weaker world economy now turns out to be a massive change on the supply side.

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23
Sep
2014

Super Cycle or Junk Bike: the future of raw material markets


Contrary to expectations, the enormous price hike for many raw materials came to halt around the year 2012 and price levels started to fall, at least modestly. Despite current conflicts that are again affecting energy-related prices – especially those for crude oil and for natural gas – present discussions among raw material intensive industries and financial investors tend to focus upon whether this marks the end of the "Raw Materials Super Cycle".

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04
Feb
2014

Consequences of shale gas for the industry


Everyone seems to be talking about shale gas. In the US, shale gas production is in full swing. Many other countries are scrambling to outdo one another with announcements of new deposits and hope to benefit from this boom. Where and how this trend affects individual industries is often a matter of controversial debate.

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12
May
2008

Der Weltstahlmarkt - Boom ohne Ende?


Die Stahlpreise auf den Weltmärkten befinden sich nach einer kurzen Erholung im Jahr 2007 wieder auf Rekordniveau. Obwohl sich die Weltkonjunktur in diesem Jahr abschwächen wird, ist die Stahlnachfrage ungebrochen. Der Nachfragezuwachs nach Stahl fällt in den Industrieländern jedoch deutlich hinter das BIP-Wachstum zurück. Die große Nachfrage wird vor allem von den BRIC-Staaten getragen. Wegen des anhaltenden - hauptsächlich durch den Ausbau der Infrastruktur bedingten - Nachholbedarfs in diesen Ländern ist auf den Stahlmärkten kurzfristig kaum nachhaltige Entspannung zu erwarten.

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14
Mar
2007
News

Chinese foreign investments have sights on raw materials and market share


The speed which companies from China got on the path to international investing is striking. Target countries are no longer Asian neighbours only but also countries rich in raw materials in Africa, Europe (for example Norway or UK where major oil deposits exist) and North America. The Chinese government encourages foreign investments of the local companies in order to secure know-how and resources as well as to build up brands and gain market share.

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