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Sovereign Risk 2019: rising civil unrest adds to trading uncertainties

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 27 Nov 2019

Hong Kong’s weary citizens went to the polls this weekend after enduring months of civil unrest and tension. And voting patterns, which indicate support for further political reforms and concessions, tend to suggest that head-on confrontations with Chinese authorities will continue. The island state’s troubled experience this year has made it the main focus of attention for trading and shipping companies anxious about rising sovereign risks. But, it is by no means alone.

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Two Minutes With Crystal Chan, Senior Analyst, Singapore

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 15 Nov 2019

This month we were in conversation with Crystal Chan, Senior Analyst at Infospectrum’s Singapore office. She shared what it’s like working in shipping along with how the industry has evolved since her career began. Read on to learn more.

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Ship operators - Skating on thin ice

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 28 Oct 2019

We've spent a long time talking about liquidity demands in the bunker sector. The challenges faced by ship operators, which we've discussed in earlier blogs are not dissimilar. The failure of a number of small and large-scale ship operators in 2019 has shone a light on how reliant ship operators are on access to funding. 

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Are strategic oil reserves back in vogue as oil market risks escalate?

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 25 Oct 2019

Last month’s drone strike on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities demonstrated once again how global oil supply can be vulnerable to political risks.

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Two Minutes With Efthymios Yfantis, Senior Analyst, London

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 4 Oct 2019

This month we were in conversation with Efthymios Yfantis, Senior Analyst at Infospectrum’s London office, who shared what it’s like to work in shipping along with his industry predictions for the year ahead.

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Shipping Sanctions get Serious

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 4 Oct 2019

Having sharpened its game against a number of small targets dealing with Syria, North Korea and Venezuela, the United States Government pulled out the big guns last week, with the implementation of sanctions against a member of one of the world's largest shipping companies.

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IMO2020 - How long will majors and refiners be able to bear the credit heat?

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 17 Sep 2019

IMO 2020 seems to be providing oil majors and refiners with huge opportunity to return to being a force in retail bunkering. Let's hope they are up for it.

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Infospectrum London Counterparty Risk Forum 2019

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 13 Sep 2019

On 9th September 2019, Infospectrum welcomed over 100 guests to its London Counterparty Risk Forum at 30 Euston Square, providing attendees with unique shipping industry insights and the latest trends shaping the sector. 

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Fuel trading and a “No-Deal” Brexit

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 12 Sep 2019

The UK’s seemingly endless deliberation over how to leave the EU could be nearing its conclusion. Among the permutations is the “no-deal” scenario whereby the UK would leave and revert to trading with external partners under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. It’s a daunting prospect for everyone, and oil traders and credit professionals are no exception.

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2020 - Place your bets

Posted by Infospectrum Analyst Team on 30 Aug 2019

Yes, we know, yet another article/thought piece/white paper about IMO 2020. And probably somewhere in your mind you are thinking ‘will I get this time back again?’


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