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EU proposes further measures for reducing GHGs from ships

London, July 2013

As a first step towards reducing the marine transport industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, on 28 June 2013 the European Commission (the “Commission”) tabled a draft Regulation to introduce a system of monitoring and publication of individual vessels’ annual CO2 emissions. This alert explains why the Commission has taken this step, exactly what it is proposing, who will be affected and what steps operators may wish to take in response - Reed Smith report.

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‘Force majeure’ clauses in commodity sale agreements

London, June 2013

Reed Smith have written previously about force majeure clauses in the context of market disruption events that have occurred or were anticipated. Lawyers spend a great deal of time analysing the impact of such events on their clients’ contractual arrangements. The article below seeks to suggest some ways in which in-house legal and business teams might treat force majeure as a moving issue that merits regular evaluation of what a contract should say, in anticipation of the unanticipated.

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Hunger about more than food production

Rome, 15 June 2013

If the world wants to conquer hunger, it needs to tackle all the causes of hunger simultaneously particularly poverty, and not just concentrate on producing more food, Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics, told the opening session of the FAO Conference.

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European regulations in Commodity trading: Research

London, May 2013

Commodity Technology Advisory, a leading analyst firm for energy and commodity trading and risk management (E/CTRM) software, is teaming up with energy trading regulation specialists ETR Advisory, to undertake a new sponsored research project into European regulations in Commodity trading.

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Australia's resource investments to reach record A$85 bn

Houston, 16 May 2013

Wood Mackenzie expects resource sector investments in Australia to peak in 2013 at A$85 billion (bn), dominated by spending in gas, followed by iron ore and coal. The high investment levels will be sustained over the next three years, surpassing the previous three year period.

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World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends report, Q1 2013

London, 16 May 2013

The latest World Gold Council Gold Demand Trends report, which reports on the period January-March 2013, shows a market driven by diverse global demand, and an appetite for owning gold jewellery that continues to grow. Total jewellery demand was up 12% year-on-year in Q1 2013, driven in the main by Asian markets. Jewellery demand in China was up 19% on the same period last year and stood at a record 185 tonnes(t). Demand in both India and the Middle East was up 15% respectively and in the US, demand showed a significant increase, 6%, for the first time since 2005.

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Survey finds investors positioning for China slowdown and low inflation

London, 14 May 2013

Investors are positioning themselves for slower growth in China and prolonged low inflation – sending commodities allocations to a four-year low, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for May. A quarter of the respondents to May’s survey say that a hard landing in China and a commodity collapse is their number one “tail risk”, an increase from 18 percent in April. A net 8 percent of fund managers in Japan, Asia-Pacific Rim and Global Emerging Markets expect China’s economy to weaken over the next 12 months, compared with a net 9 percent saying it would strengthen a month ago.

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The political economy of structural reform in the BRIC

The BRIC economies, like most other economies in the world, experienced a slowdown in 2011-12. The bears are worrying that this slowdown might contain a significant structural component. These concerns seem somewhat overdone - Deutsche Bank Research.

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Commodity Swaps: Corporations face rising transaction costs

Stamford, CT: April 2013

A new report, Commodity Swaps: Corporations Face Rising Transaction Costs, from Greenwich Associates concludes that increased transaction costs associated with new regulations on banks and swaps markets could cause companies to reduce hedging activity and assume more risk from direct exposures to energy and other commodities.

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Global growth to stay at 2012 levels: EIU

London, 19 April 2013

A military conflict between North and South Korea, which inevitably would involve the US, would shred economic confidence in the region and push key parts of the world economy back into recession, says The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Global Outlook Report. Although The Economist Intelligence Unit (The EIU) expects Korean tensions to stop well short of war, these political tensions come at a time when key parts of the global economy are struggling to regain momentum. Although the US economy is strengthening and some key emerging markets will grow faster this year than in 2012, a synchronised global upturn is less likely in the next six months. The EIU now expects growth in global economic output to be no higher in 2013 than 2012, although it continues to expect a better showing in 2014.

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