Since the mid-1970s, demand for platinum and palladium has been boosted by their use for catalytic converters in vehicles. Could the advent of the electric car see these precious metals lose their lustre?
Brexit negotiations will continue to dominate the headlines next year, but the financial services sector must still respond to a range of new regulations that will take effect– beginning with MiFID II on January 3.
What would it mean if the cryptocurrency sector was more firmly regulated? What would be the issues and would tighter regulation diminish the popularity of crypto investment? Also, are warnings that investors could be wiped out by investing in bitcoin enough?
Following the latest meeting of Opec members, will supply cutbacks made in 2017 by the oil production cartel hold into the new year? Can major oil economies afford to stick to the cuts, or will some break ranks?
Revelations on how wealthy individuals and major multinationals exploit the benefits of low and zero-tax havens may prove the catalyst for a major clampdown.
Given the geopolitical shocks of the past 18 months, you’d expect 2017 to prove a bumper year for commodity prices. Yet while most have moved higher, often the picture has been more one of recovery rather than boom.