from Global Markets Forum Dashboard:

Marginal oil producers, gold investors heed caution ahead of OPEC meeting

November 13, 2014

Oil markets made history this week as Brent crude prices dipped below $78 to a four-year low. This comes ahead of a meeting by members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries on Nov. 27th.  Up for debate is whether or not Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer, will decide to cut production.

from Global Investing:

Counting Pennies In Venezuela

November 12, 2014

It was a gloomy, rainy night in Boston last week where emerging market analysts and portfolio managers huddled together before an audience of 75+ people to discuss an equally gloomy situation in Venezuela, specifically whether or not the nation, with the biggest proven oil reserves in the world, is on the precipice of defaulting on its debt.

from Ian Bremmer:

Oil price plummet won’t help U.S. with Iran or Russia

By Ian Bremmer
November 11, 2014

A motorist holds a fuel pump at a Gulf petrol station in London

Plummeting oil prices — down more than 25 percent since June to three-year lows — should relieve pressure on consumers at the pump. But is it pushing oil-exporting regimes past the breaking point?

from The Great Debate:

Putin’s created an economic crisis and left Moscow no easy way out

By William E. Pomeranz
November 4, 2014

Russia's President Putin chairs a meeting with members of the government at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow

Western sanctions have left Russia in dire financial circumstances -- stuck somewhere between recession and stagnation. Though proven solutions exist for what now ails Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s geo-strategic and political choices have rendered these traditional economic approaches unworkable.

from Global Markets Forum Dashboard:

Ebola will not be the last global epidemic, time to hit the reset button on how we treat it – author

October 23, 2014

(Updates with current news on New York City doctor testing positive for Ebola and World Health Organization's expectations for a vaccine.)

from Global Investing:

Strong dollar, weak oil and emerging markets growth

October 17, 2014

Many emerging economies have been banking on weaker currencies to revitalise economic growth.  Oil's 25 percent fall in dollar terms this year should also help. The problem however is the dollar's strength which is leading to a general tightening of monetary conditions worldwide, more so in countries where central banks are intervening to prevent their currencies from falling too much.

from Breakingviews:

Cheap oil is no tonic for sluggish Asian economies

October 17, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Rampant market fear clarifies global divide

October 15, 2014

By Richard Beales

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Breakingviews:

Markets finally side with economy on bad news

By Edward Hadas
October 13, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Five and Five

October 8, 2014

Just when the market thought it was out, it got pulled back in. The Federal Reserve will release its minutes later in the day that details what it was thinking during its most recent September policy meeting, but of late, the markets have been of a mind that the expectations for higher rates ought to be tempered a bit.