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Commodities behind 2016’s big political risks

Posted on 12 January 2016

The slump in oil prices is frightening stock traders, but the impact on geopolitical stability may prove to be more alarming this year. Low commodity prices could exacerbate tensions and conflict in the Middle East, increase public protest in Latin America, and worsen industrial action in Africa’s resource-rich countries, Verisk Maplecroft, a global political risk consultancy, warned in a 2016 outlook report.
“Verisk Maplecroft highlights low commodity prices as one of the primary drivers of political risk for investors in major producing countries across Africa and Latin America, while the increasing international threat posed by the Islamic State and rising tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, are flagged among the foremost geopolitical risk multipliers,” the consultancy said in the report………………………………………..Full Article: Source


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