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The Answers: The Global Economy by Jeremy Kourdi

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MASSIVE SPECULATION WITH COMMODITIES

Commodity prices will continue to rise as the population grows. There is little doubt about that. As the world gradually consumes more commodities, prices should also gradually rise. From time to time, supply panic will cause prices to rise (political turmoil in the Middle East might cause oil price spikes temporarily; bad harvest or rough climate patches will do the same to food prices). Generally, commodity prices have more than doubled in the last years. But we also had more volatility with commodity prices than usual. This high, recent volatility of commodity prices is a threat to many exporters and a threat to many firms that are struggling to manage their businesses with ever-rapid changes in input prices. ...

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