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Year of uncertainties and vulnerabilities ahead

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A new year has just begun. A year fraught with uncertainties brought on by a heady slide down which began in August 2011. A turn for the worse in the European debt crisis and the downgrade of the US sovereign rating sent financial markets around the globe in a tailspin.

In a matter of five months, stock markets around the world recorded $6.5 trillion (or.

World Bank published latest commodity prices: January 2012

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In December 2011 all commodity price indices fell. Energy prices dropped by 1.2%, non-energy prices declined further by 2.7%, food fell by 2.9%, beverages by 6.1%, raw materials by 1.8%, metals by 0.6% and fertilizers by 9.0%.  The US dollar appreciated 3.0% against the euro and 0.9% against a broad index of currencies.

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