Japanese housing market continues to improve

House prices in Japan have risen strongly in 2016 due to “Abenomics” – the reflationary policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Traditionally the property market has been a negligible part of Japan’s economy, the third largest in the world when measuring GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and the fourth largest by PPP (Purchasing Power Parity). 

Gold prices continue to climb

Many analysts expected the pound to dip in value, as Britain continued to struggle with an outline plan for Brexit.  Surprisingly, it seems the pound has taken another jump with UK prime minister Theresa May finally outlining some detail for Britons future.

All aboard the new silk route

The first direct train from China to the UK arrived today, 18 days after leaving Zhejiang Province.  The 34-container freight service set off from Yiwu City on New Year’s Day and arrived in Barking, London just after 1pm.

Tesla begins production at Gigafactory 1

We’ve all heard the debates over renewable energy and climate change. Many recognise the need for change; however some, including the newly elected President of the US, aren’t convinced that climate change is real or that sustainable energy is a necessity.

Venezuela discontinues the 100-bolivar note

In similar steps to that seen by the Indian government, Venezuela have made the surprise decision to remove the widely used 100-bolivar note out of circulation.  The motives for this also seem to mirror that of India, with the aim to bring a vast amount of unregulated transactions in from the cold. 

Will the world eventually become extinct?

A leading scientist at The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (or NASA, as we know it), made a prophetic announcement on Monday, saying that planet Earth is due an “extinction-level” event, of which humans will be powerless to mitigate or prevent.