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Q1 of 2014 has been good to palm oil producers, signalling a better-than-expected production year for many. Historically, Q2 should also see a rise due to demand from the Ramadan season. Indonesia’s Agriculture Ministry says that even with the threat of a dry season due to El Niño, crude...

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burma

Commercial property developers in Rangoon, Myanmar, are finding it increasingly difficult to get skilled laborers due to a majority of the available work force leaving for higher wages in places like Thailand and Malaysia. In addition, it appears that approximately 2 million migrant workers are willing to risk abuse...

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tigers

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) is reporting that economic growth in “emerging Asia” will be mixed; with ongoing stifling political events and modest economic fundamental indicators to blame. ANZ’s consensus is that the Philippines’ Q1 looks “constructive.” Easy credit, government infrastructure projects, and with confidence still...

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laos market

The World Bank projects that this year Laos’ economic growth will cool down to a moderate, yet still robust, 7.2% (down from 8% the past couple years). Blame for this is being placed primarily on halted gold production from one of Laos’ largest mines and on numerous major investment...

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Diet Building of Japan

If the goal of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was to print his way to a declining gross domestic product (GDP), well then break out the nihonshu because the party is kicking into high gear. Tyler Durden over at ZeroHedge is reporting that Japan’s current account balance and GDP have...

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Japan Currency

All lights show green for Japanese investors as they “banzai” into riskier investments backed by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” and his printing press. Japanese financial advisors and bankers must be extremely busy moving investment capital into investment trusts focusing on high-yield corporate bonds and real estate investment...

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Gold Chart

A few of us here at knowmadic news are unabashed gold lovers (scientific name: “gold bugs”). And while we definitely don’t shy away from our fondness for the shiny yellow metal, neither will we pontificate endlessly about it as an answer (the answer) to all of society’s economic ills....

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